Carolyn’s House

Carolyn’s House provides 24-hour hospice care to individuals who are unable to remain at the place they call home. HCP offers residential, hospice services when personal choices or medical needs make other care options difficult.

1701 Linglestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17110

717-236-0000

History of Carolyn’s House

Carolyn’s House is named after a hospice nurse, Carolyn Croxton Slane, who served HCP patients and families for many years. When she was faced with a terminal illness, she sought care from our program. It was in her memory that the residence was named. In 2015, the name was changed from the Carolyn Croxton Slane Residence to Carolyn’s House, to continue to honor its namesake.

​Who helps at Carolyn’s House?

The approach to care at Carolyn’s House includes an interdisciplinary team of specially trained professionals who work with the patient and family to develop a plan of care specific to your needs. These professionals include physicians, registered and licensed nurses and nursing assistants 24-hours a day. Spiritual counselors and trained volunteers are also a part of the services provided.


Patients may choose to have their primary physician or the HCP Medical Director guide or oversee their plan of care. Along with the interdisciplinary team, Carolyn’s House offers:

  • ​Greater assistance with daily living activities
  • Focused pain and symptom management
  • Short-term caregiver relief
  • 24-hour nursing care

The Journey Program

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a difficult and very individual experience. The Journey Program works to educate the community about loss and to provide support for individuals and families, so that they may maintain good health throughout the grieving process.

​Who is involved in the Journey Program care?

Individual and group support from the Journey Program is all provided by bereavement care coordinators who are specially trained in grief and bereavement work. Their role is to listen, support and impart hope.

About Levos Supportive Care

The focus of supportive care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes comfort and quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating the symptoms from disease and side effects of treatment. This is done by coordinating care with the patient's primary care or specialty care provider. Levos Supportive Care serves as an adjunct home­based service for those who are chronically or terminally ill. Examples of these types of illnesses are: advanced cancers, congestive heart failure (CHF), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The name Levos comes from the Latin word "levo" which means to lift up or to relieve. Please call (717) 562-7000 to reach our Levos team.

Levos Supportive Care Team

The Levos Supportive Care team includes palliative care providers (doctors and nurse practitioners), patient care guides (nursing), social workers and chaplains. This allows for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family to be addressed.

A Shared Decision Making Model

Levos Supportive Care strives for and promotes shared decision making among the patient, family, and the treating providers. These discussions present both the benefits and burdens of the treatment choices available to the patient. The role of Levos staff and clinicians in this process is to listen and clarify the wishes of the patient regarding future tests, treatments and care plans.


Facilitate Healthcare Transitions

Changes in health care settings, such as going from the hospital to home, can be a confusing time for the patient and family. Discharge instructions may be confusing or may conflict with the information you received from other providers. The Levos patient care guide can assist with resolving confusion over which medications to take and can communicate with and update your primary care and specialist providers who may be unaware of a hospitalization. These steps can help to make your transition home more successful and reduce the chances of additional hospitalizations.


Coordination of Services

The patient care guide will help patients navigate the healthcare system. This means that the patient care guide will help you access appropriate and timely care, find doctors and review treatment options. In short, the patient care guide serves as the coach of the health care team.


Supportive Care and Hospice Care

The main difference between supportive care and hospice care is that supportive care can be offered while the patient is receiving curative treatment for their illness. Both hospice and supportive care offer compassionate care to patients with serious and life-limiting illnesses. In short, all hospice care is supportive, but not all supportive care is hospice.


Goals of Supportive Care

  • Provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of symptoms.
  • Assist patients and families with complex medical decision making.
  • Provide support to help patients and families during illness and treatment.
  • Coordinate care with the patient’s primary care or specialty care provider.
  • Decrease emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
  • Offer emotional and spiritual support to patients and families coping with serious illness.
  • Clarify values, preferences, and goals of care.
  • Assist with advance care planning.

Paying for Levos Supportive Care

In most instances, Levos Supportive Care physician/practitioner visits are paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, or the patient’s private insurance. In some cases, a co-payment may apply. A Levos representative will help you determine what fees, if any, may apply with your particular health care coverage.

If you are interested in talking with our staff regarding Levos Supportive Care, please call 717-562-7000 to reach a member of our Levos team.

Supportive Care has been shown to enhance quality of life and may positively influence the course of an illness.

About Hospice Care

Hospice is a philosophy of care rather than a place. Hospice care is a specialized field that focuses on caring and comforting, rather than curing those with life-limiting illness. HCP provides care in the place that you call home. That may be your home, an assisted living or skilled nursing facility, or in our personal care home called Carolyn’s House.

Who provides hospice care?

Hospice care is delivered by an interdisciplinary team made up of physicians, social workers, nurses, chaplains, certified nursing assistants and volunteers. In addition to these services, Hospice of Central PA is pleased to offer additional treatment such as palliative massage and music therapy.

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What makes hospice care so valuable?

Research tells us that most people want to be at home with their family, pets and things. Hospice of Central PA can make that possible in most cases. Our interdisciplinary team will visit you and your family in your home and help to control symptoms and discomfort, so that you can enjoy time with your loved ones.


When is it time for Hospice?

If you have questions about qualifying for hospice care, please call and we will help you. The fundamental requirement for hospice care is to have a terminal illness. A terminal illness is defined as one having a prognosis of 6 months or less if the disease or illness runs its normal course. Your personal physician and one of our Hospice of Central PA physicians will review your condition and must both agree on your prognosis.