Cottingham House

Choosing Dignity and Peace

For terminally ill patients who are unable to receive the hospice care they need in their own homes, Cottingham House at Hospice of the Foothills provides a peaceful care alternative. Hospice of the Foothills is 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.

Why Choose a Hospice House

For some patients, symptoms cannot be effectively managed in their home. These patients need 24-hour skilled care to assist with symptom management.

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.

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.

 

Our History

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.

How May We Help You?

Contact Us: (864) 882-8940

390 Keowee School Road
Seneca, SC 29672

From Our Families

Senior Woman

“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.” –Grace Zoellner

“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

Looks and 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.

Within the house, a chapel offers a quiet spot for meditation and private rooms provide families a place where they can meet with staff to discuss their loved one’s care.

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.
  • Alternative treatments such as music, pet and aroma therapies.

Our care team collaborates with a patient’s primary physician (and/or the hospice medical director) and family to coordinate an individualized plan of care, including pain control, symptom management, psychosocial and spiritual 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, which attests to the quality of the care provided.

Take a Virtual Tour of Cottingham House

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Front Entrance to Cottingham Hospice House

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Tree of Life Leaves donated in honor or memory of loved ones

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Chapel for meditation, special services or events

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Family/Visitor Room sitting area with
screened outdoor porch adjacent to room

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Family/Visitor Room sitting area with
Dining Area to right and Children's Play Area to left

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Children's Play Area

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Christmas Quilt in Family/Visitor Room
One of a number of handmade quilts

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Family/Visitor Dining area with adjacent Family/Visitor Kitchen

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Family/Visitor Kitchen

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Garden Area - Patient rooms open to exterior - Double door
exits so patient can exit to garden by bed or chair

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Sitting area for Family/Visitor exits to garden area

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Patio area behind Cottingham Hospice House
for exterior dining or relaxation

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Meeting/Dining Room for families, staff, and, special events

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Patient Room - double door exit to exterior - large room to
accommodate family member or visitor 24/7

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Staff Work Area

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Telephone and Computer Room for family,
patients-visitors, visitor-info

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Conference Room for meetings with staff and family

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Family/Visitor Sitting Area - Branch of Tree of Life
with leaves in honor/memory of loved ones

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Exterior near main entry/exit to building

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Exterior Stones (outside chapel) in memory or honor of loved ones

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Exterior Stones (outside chapel) in memory or honor of loved ones

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Side view of exterior of building

Our Onsite Patient-centered Care Team

  • A medical director board-certified in hospice and 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