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Hospice focuses on helping a person feel comfortable by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain or suffering. Hospice is specifically designed to relieve symptoms and support patients and their families at the end of the patient's life.

St. Claire Hospice is a not-for-profit, hospital-based program offering support and compassionate care for the terminally ill in Bath, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Lewis, Menifee, Montgomery and Rowan counties. Our program is licensed by the state of Kentucky, certified by Medicare and Medicaid, and accredited by The Joint Commission.

Since 1982, we have provided quality end-of-life care using a comprehensive array of services from palliative consulting to in-home medical services for patients and their families. Grief and bereavement services extend to family members, caregivers and anyone experiencing grief, whether or not their love one was a hospice patient. Using an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, St. Claire Hospice provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients and their families. The patient and family are central in all decision making.

Hospice Volunteers

We also welcome hospice volunteers, who extend the services of professional staff by offering encouraging visits and assistance with:

  • Reading and writing
  • Personal care
  • Running errands and grocery shopping
  • Special events and support programs

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and complete a screening process, hospice training and in-service updates.

To discuss volunteering, call 606.783.6887.


Camp SMILE (Sharing Memories in a Loving Environment) is a collaborative effort by St. Claire Hospice and Morehead State University's Department of Nursing. Camp SMILE is offered to children, 5 to 17 years old, who have been involved in Hospice or who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Trained bereavement counselors will offer a variety of participatory activities to guide children through understanding feelings of grief and loss. There is no charge for the campers, who receive lunch and afternoon swimming and other fun activities each day, as well as bereavement materials, and a camp T-shirt. Hospice conducts Camp SMILE as a free community service and receives no reimbursement for it. We depend on cash and in-kind contributions.