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.

A progressive illness or the process of aging should not mean the end of quality days--in either the enjoyment of lifelong interests or time with loved ones. Our Palliative Care program was designed to assure that both the resident and family enjoy as many special moments as possible. Unlike hospice, it does not require a diagnosis of a terminal illness.

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, 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."

Please reach out to us if you are a family member or friend of someone needing care.

Phone: 301.762.0700