The Masonic Village Hospice team is dedicated to maintaining the highest quality of life attainable for our patients, no matter where one may be in their life’s journey.
What We Do
We are committed to providing compassionate end-of-life care while acknowledging the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the patient and their family. As a team, we do our best to meet our patients’ unique personal needs.
Founded in 2009, and based in Elizabethtown, we serve patients throughout Lancaster, Dauphin, Lebanon and Eastern York counties.
What Sets Us Apart
Integrated Therapies Masonic Village Hospice looks for unique holistic alternatives to incorporate into patients’ care plans. These therapies can help treat/alleviate patients’ symptoms in addition to using medications:
Therapeutic massage is available free of charge by licensed massage therapists to aid in pain reduction or relaxation. Please speak to your RN Case Manager as to whether this intervention is appropriate for your loved one.
Music therapy performed by a team of hospice volunteers and staff.
Healing Touch™ is a nursing accredited program that uses a variety of energy-based techniques that facilitate energy clearing, opening, harmony and balance so the body’s innate tendency to heal can occur. A variety of benefits include: decreased or alleviated pain; symptom relief; decreased anxiety, sadness or depression; increased quality of life; and relief from negative effects of post-traumatic stress.
Aromatherapy is the use of pure essential oils either in a diffuser, spray or in a topical lotion to promote relaxation or reduction of physical, emotional or spiritual discomfort.
Pet therapy performed by hospice volunteers.
Masonic Village Hospice Virtual Butterfly Release
Masonic Village Hospice was honored to invite families to remember their loved ones during its 2021 Virtual Butterfly Release on Sunday, Sept. 26. Thank you to all who participated in-person and virtually. For those who missed the event, you may view it here. We look forward to next year’s release.
While receiving care, many patients reflect upon their lives and express last wishes. Whether it’s a trip to a sporting event, an airplane ride, a spa day, a family get-together or an anniversary dinner, staff, with the support of donors, work to help create lasting memories for patients and families.
On one September morning, the van was loaded, and Marty was on his way to see his Phillies. The sun shone during the afternoon game, where Marty enjoyed “the best” slice of pepperoni pizza and a cold beer.
Masonic Village Hospice staff heard word of the story and were inspired to grant Bill his wish. “They said they would take care of it,” Bill recalls. “Before I knew it, they were coming to pick me up and take me for my first tattoo.”
Next to raising a family, Cliff dedicated his life to wrangling horses. His love and understanding of the majestic animal allowed him to easily train them to be showcased in reenactments, law enforcement, television and film.
“I would like to thank Masonic Village Hospice for all of their help with my dad, who passed away in January. After 65 years of marriage, my mom struggles a bit, but I am completely at peace, and I think it is because of the ending we had with the help of the hospice team there. It was a difficult road, but they helped all the way. … They went above and beyond for us. My dad was in a hospital in another state. … It was clear to me that time was short, and I wanted to bring him to my home to care for him. Masonic Village Hospice obtained all of the records from the hospital. They agreed to help. They had all of the equipment here the next day and, when the ambulance arrived at my home, they sent out a nurse immediately to help us get settled. I can’t praise them enough!”
“Mother was tenderly cared for by what our family experienced as an extraordinary team of care givers. We honor their ministry to Mother and to us. Hospice was instrumental in allowing her to end her earthly life with dignity and in peace. We are deeply grateful.”
Mary Ann Haagen
“It is with my deepest gratitude that I would like to thank each and every one of you for the compassion, kindness, spiritual and loving care that you provided to my dear mother. You do not have an easy job but God has given you a unique talent and skills, and you use them exceptionally well. I thank God every day for wonderful people like you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Peggy Ulrich Groff and Family
“We would like to thank the hospice staff for our dad’s care and their support during his decline. The team’s caring, compassion, support, knowledge and professionalism in guiding us through the dying process were above and beyond expectation. Dad enjoyed his time spent with each and every one of them. They were his family when family could not be there.”
“My dear hospice friends, allow me this opportunity to thank all of you for the wonderful care you gave my wife. It was a remarkable experience, after so many years as a hospice medical director, to stand on the other side and receive your care, concern and deep compassion. I was – and remain – moved by your love. While I miss my partner of 59 years, I am comforted that she is now in God’s hands.”
“Everyone who was involved in providing care for my wife was outstanding. All were so gracious and helpful in answering my questions, offering assistance and guiding us through my wife’s gradual dying. She received the best care imaginable. I was put at ease about caring for her so I could focus on just being with her.”
“I write on behalf of my family to thank you for the thoughtful and timely care and comfort you provided for our mother, as well as all of us. I am still struck by your timely assessment and management of mother’s status and pain. Your assurance that she would not be in pain helped me be able to really be with her as she passed. We are grateful for the support and services of hospice during these heart rendering moments, and we want to thank you for your professionalism, respectfulness and outstanding care for mother and us during our time with you.”