Work underway on new Allied Services Hospice Center in Wilkes-Barre

Work underway on new Allied Services Hospice Center in Wilkes-Barre

As National Hospice and Home Care Month draws to a close, Allied Services announced its plans to open a new inpatient hospice center in 2021. The new facility will be located on the grounds of Allied Services Meade Street Senior Living Community in Wilkes-Barre. Construction crews are currently renovating the former home of the Carmelite Sisters to provide a welcoming, home-like setting for patients and their families.

The non-profit health system began providing home-based hospice care in 2015 and just 3 years later, welcomed its first patient to its hospice center in Scranton. More than 800 patients and their families have received care at Allied Services Hospice Center since it opened its doors.

“The past few years have shown us how desperately needed quality hospice care is in this community” commented Attorney Bill Conaboy, President and CEO of Allied Services. “We’re honored that so many families choose to share this journey with us, and we look forward to offering this new resource in Luzerne County.”

Allied Services Hospice & Palliative Care currently provides home-based care to patients in Luzerne County, however, the new hospice center will be the county’s only stand-alone facility of its kind.

Inpatient hospice care offers 24-hour medical care and emotional support for patients and their families. The level and type of care provided in this setting are specially designed for patients who need assistance in managing acute pain and other symptoms caused by their illness.

“Respecting the patient’s wishes is central to the way that our team approaches delivering care. While statistics show that there is a trend toward receiving end-of-life care at home, we know that for some there is comfort in being able to come to our hospice center in their final days” commented Laura Marion, RN, Assistant Vice President of Allied Services Hospice and Palliative Care. “The new inpatient setting in Wilkes-Barre will allow us to give patients and families in those surrounding communities more choice.”

The new facility will share many similarities with Allied Services Hospice Center in Scranton. It will feature 8 private rooms with family sleeping areas, access to a team of highly trained hospice nurses and physicians, spiritual and social work support, and 24-hour care in a home-like setting. The goal is to enhance patients' comfort, support quality of life, and relieve suffering in an atmosphere of respect and dignity while giving family members and loved ones space and time to be together.

Learn more about the new Allied Services Hospice Center Wilkes-Barre here.