Anne's Story


Anne’s end-of-life with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) was further complicated by respiratory failure. Read what her husband, Jim, has to say about Potomac Valley’s support.

We are recognized by the American Medical Directors Association.

Palliative care is a collaborative effort between the resident and the family, and the Potomac Valley Palliative Care team. It begins with an assessment of the resident and identification of approaches to enhance comfort and quality of life that are then incorporated into the comprehensive plan of care.

Unlike hospice, palliative care does not require the diagnosis of a terminal illness and can be incorporated at any point in the care of individuals with progressive life-limiting illness. For those who are experiencing the end of life, palliative care can continue to provide services along with hospice.

Our Palliative caregivers are specially trained and board certified. Whether extending a hand to hold, monitoring physical comfort in respect to pain, coordinating a musical or other type of Life Enrichment in the resident's own room or scheduling our Serenity Room for sharing with family or friends, our Palliative Care enables days to be spent meaningfully. Specialty diets, therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, as well as counseling and education can also be incorporated in an individual care plan.

Very often persons with Alzheimer's or other dementia cannot describe their personal preferences as they approach the end of life. Our Namaste Care program can be very valuable as part of that end-of-life care. Working with family, we identify elements of someone's life that can still contribute to comfort and peace of mind. This may include favored foods, music, or familiar scents or sounds.

Namaste is from the Hindu and means "to honor the spirit within."

We invite you to reach out to us if you interested in working with Potomac Valley.

Phone: 301.762.0700