Essence of a Hummingbird Duke Hospice Gala will be postponed until 2021. 


Duke HomeCare & Hospice will provide innovative, thoughtful care, using an interdisciplinary team approach, to achieve the best possible outcomes for the patients, families and communities we serve.


Services Provided

Working together as a cohesive unit, our interdisciplinary team provides the follow care: 

Physical Care

  • Direct patient care  – skilled assessment and intervention for complex needs
  • Managing symptoms effectively for pain control and symptom management

Psychological Care

  • Assess and treat psychosocial needs of patients and loved ones
  • Support family members/caregivers up to one year following a patient’s death with group and individual counseling
  • Provide personal care assistance and support for patients and their families
  • Assist with locating community services and resources

Spiritual Care

  • Assess patient and family spiritual needs
  • Coordinate with local clergy to provide support for patients, families and the community
  • Provide a caring presence to patients and emotional and practical support for families and caregivers

Additional Services

  • Home Infusion
  • Home Health
  • Bereavement Services 
  • Support Groups
  • 24 hour on-call support
  • Medical consultations with hospice medical director
  • Medical supplies and durable medical equipment related to the terminal illness
  • Medications related to the terminal illness

Accomplishments Last Year

  • Provided bereavement support and services to over 20,000 people
  • Served over 1,300 hospice patients and their families across a nine county service area.
  • No one is turned away due to inability to pay.
  • Made it possible for 2/3 of our hospice patients to remain at home with our support.
  • Those with more acute needs utilize our hospice inpatient facilities.
    Offered bereavement services to the Triangle at large including children and adults who are not connected to a Duke Hospice patient.
  • We do not receive reimbursement for most of our community bereavement services.
  • Piloted a program called Understanding Grief in the School Setting that trains social workers and educators in the school systems to better support grieving students.
  • Served patients and their families across a 9 county service area: Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake.
  • Provided support services for children who have lost a loved one: one-on-one counseling, family counseling, support groups, Holiday Hurt program and Camp ReLEAF –an overnight bereavement camp for children from K-8 th grade.
  • The annual gala is our only annual fundraising event and 100% of proceeds go directly to support children and adults who use our hospice and/or bereavement services. Last year’s gala raised $97,000.