For terminally ill patients who are unable or prefer not to receive hospice care in their own homes, Cottingham House at Hospice of the Foothills provides a peaceful care alternative. Hospice of the Foothills is a service of Oconee Memorial Hospital, a part of Greenville Health System.
Cottingham House, the first and only freestanding hospice facility in Oconee or Pickens counties, provides a comfortable, homelike setting for patients with end-stage illnesses who choose not to remain at home.
Why Families Choose a Hospice House
For some patients, receiving hospice care in their own homes may not be the best choice. Patients who live alone or do not have a spouse or family member who is able to provide the 24-hour care they require often need an alternative to in-home hospice care. Sometimes caregivers need a break. And some families simply prefer to cope with a terminal illness in a more secure and structured surrounding.
We realize that when it comes to making difficult decisions about end-of-life care, every family and circumstance are different. Cottingham House was designed for individuals and families seeking a safe, comfortable setting when staying at home isn’t an option.
Choosing Dignity and Peace
Conveniently located in Seneca, Cottingham House is positioned in a tranquil setting, allowing terminally ill patients to spend the last days of their lives with dignity and peace, free of pain and surrounded by family and friends. Our specially trained and highly skilled hospice care staff members are experts in end-of-life care. They are available around-the-clock to provide symptom relief and comfort for patients—and reassurance and support for family members.
Cottingham House is a peaceful retreat from the fast pace of the world—where the reality of terminal illness is met with compassion, understanding and encouragement, and where patients, families and friends are supported. It’s a place where families and friends can come together to celebrate lives well-lived, share fond memories, and focus on each other, while our staff attends to patients’ needs.
At Cottingham House, end-of-life care is about living as fully and comfortably as possible. Established in 2007, Cottingham House was named for Captain Richard and Mrs. Nancy Cottingham of Seneca for their generous donation towards the first capital campaign for the hospice house. It is the inpatient residential division of Hospice of the Foothills, a not-for-profit hospice that has served local families with hospice care since 1989. Care is provided wherever the patient lives—at home, in assisted living/long-term care facilities or at Cottingham House.
Feels Like Home
Designed with a pleasant, welcoming decor, Cottingham House does not look like a healthcare facility. Rather it looks and feels like home with warm colors, soft lighting and carpeted hallways.
But behind the features that make it home, it is, after all, a medical facility. As such, it is outfitted with the necessary space, equipment and staff to appropriately meet the needs of the patients who reside there.
Within Cottingham House, a chapel offers a quiet spot for meditation and reflection, a spa affords patients the opportunity to enjoy relaxing therapies, and private offices provide families a place where they can meet with staff to discuss their loved one’s care.
Cottingham House Amenities
Other features and conveniences include …
- Spacious private rooms and baths, with ample family visiting and sleeping space and outdoor patios. Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day.
- Common areas for family and patients including a chapel, library, living area, kitchen, laundry room, sunroom, screened porch, family computer room, children’s play area and meditation garden.
- Landscaped grounds where patients and their visitors can sit and relax in peaceful surroundings.
- Alternative treatments such as music, pet and aroma therapies.
The Cottingham House team collaborates with a patient’s primary care physician (and/or the hospice medical director) and family to coordinate an individualized plan of care, including pain control, symptom management, and psychosocial and spiritual support.
Cottingham House Personnel
The hospice house is staffed by these caring professionals:
- A medical director board-certified in palliative care
- Highly-trained hospice nurses who provide clinical nursing care
- Certified nursing assistants who provide much of the routine personal care
- Social workers and counselors who address emotional issues and family dynamics, grief and loss
- Chaplains who provide spiritual or religious care
- Dietary personnel who provide nourishment
- Trained volunteers who help with activities and offer friendship, companionship and support
Services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Hospice of the Foothills offers care based on medical need, regardless of ability to pay, race, religion, lifestyle or illness. The house meets all Joint Commission and CMS standards for accreditation, which attests to the quality of the care provided.
Family Members Speak
“The doctor and nurses were living angels … so caring. It made it so much easier for me. We were married 50 years and it was hard to say goodbye, but I’m so glad he was in such a special place at the end.”
“To have a loved one pass away with dignity in such caring, loving and compassionate surroundings was an amazing experience for all our family.” –Donna McIntire
“By Mother’s second day at Cottingham House, she had begun eating what she said was the ‘best food’ she’d had in a long time! She soon seemed to improve noticeably; regaining her color and becoming more cheerful and very appreciative of the care you were providing. Our whole family is so pleased that her last 11 days were at Cottingham House, where she felt comfortable and content, being in such a lovely place with great care.” –Sandie Woodworth