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Hospice in the Pines brings together a team of professionals and specially trained volunteers to provide the most comprehensive array of services for the terminally ill.


In-Patient Facility

This medical facility provides continuous skilled care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It is staffed by an extraordinary team of Hospice in the Pines professionals.  This facility offers reserved parking and comfortable living areas for both patients and families.  Each room is completely furnished and wheelchair accessible.


Joe W. Elliott House

This 30 private room facility provides inexpensive lodging for patients and families traveling to the Lufkin area for medical services.  Our rates are currently $25 per night.  Staff resides on site 7 days a week.


Hospice in the Pines, the only not for profit hospice organization in the Lufkin area, offers

in-home care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. The primary emphasis is on ensuring a

patient's comfort, thereby allowing him or her to remain at home as long as possible.

Following assessments in the areas of physical pain, emotional needs, spiritual issues, legal concerns and practical arrangements, the patient, his family and physician approve a plan of hospice care. By being involved in developing the plan, patients and their families are able to face the last stages of life with greater ease and confidence.

Our team of skilled professionals includes:

  • Medical Directors (5 currently on staff)

  • Registered and Licensed Vocational Nurses

       on call  24 hours a day

  • Social Workers

  • Patient Care Aides

  • Contracted Respiratory Therapists

  • Chaplains


This team focuses on treatment of the patient, not the disease.  In  addition  to  these  team  members,

our specially trained volunteers assist in providing patient and family care services.


Hospice in the Pines provides a comprehensive and cost-effective array of services for the terminally ill, including:

  • Physical care, including medical and nursing services

  • Pain and symptom management (medications related to the terminal diagnosis)

  • Family education regarding care for a terminally ill patient

  • Practical care - for the patient and his family (bathing of patients, cooking, and light housekeeping)

  • Spiritual and emotional support for patients and families

  • Assistance with insurance paperwork and other financial concerns of the patient and family

  • Bereavement support


Costs for home care services are billed directly to Medicare, Medicaid or your private insurance company.




When it is not possible to care for a patient at home, a nursing home or residential facility is an alternative. Brief periods of hospitalization may be necessary when acute symptoms become uncontrollable with medication alone. The Hospice in the Pines In-Patient Facility at Memorial Health System of East Texas in Lufkin can provide in-patient care as needed.

Opened in July 2005, the in-patient facility has five private bedrooms and is staffed solely by Hospice in the Pines staff. Designed for patients who are in need of crisis or pain management, actively dying or needing respite care, all admissions are assessed by the Director of Clinical Care or the Program Director.

Access to rooms is available at all times; however, a staff person must unlock the doors at certain hours due to Hospital regulations. Security cameras are available for staff to ensure patient safety. Private parking and a family room are both available for use by family members.

Today, as we celebrate 12 years of exceptional care in our inpatient unit, we are honored to share in the lives of so many special patients and their loving families. The inpatient unit is currently going through a renovation phase and we are appreciative to occupy a space inside the awarding hospital of CHI St. Luke's Heath-Memorial.

Costs for in-patient care are the same as for home care services provided by Hospice in the Pines. We bill Medicare, Medicaid or your private insurance company.



  Signs and Symptoms

  to Look For


 May include one,

or a combination of the Following:


  • Diminished Functional Status

  • Increased weakness, fatigue, drowsiness

  • Decreased appetite

  • Progressive weight loss

  • Progressive decline despite medical therapies

  • Multiple Hospitalizations/frequent ER visits

  • Pain that is more difficult to control

  • Uncontrolled nausea/vomiting

  • Increasing dyspnea

  • Dysphagia

  • Oxygen dependency

  • Ascites

  • Recurrent infections

  • Decline in mental status

Who Is Eligible For

Hospice Care?

Potential hospice patients may be identified by a diagnosis, symptoms, or a combination or both.  The following sections are meant as a guide to help determine if a patient is hospice appropriate.  Please call Admissions at (936)632-1514 to discuss eligibility.  If your patient does not meet Hospice Medicare Criteria, they may be eligible for our Palliative Care Program.


 Diagnoses That   May Qualify

  • Malignancies (all forms of cancer, leukemia)

  • End Stage Pulmonary

  • End Stage Heart Disease

  • End Stage Alzheimer’s Disease/ Dementia

  • CVA (Cerebrovascular Disease)/ Stroke

  • End Stage Acute Renal Disease

  • End Stage Chronic Renal Disease

  • End Stage Liver Disease

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • End Stage HIV Infection/ AIDS

  • Multisystem Failure/Debilitating Chronic Conditions

Joe W. Elliott House
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Joe W. Elliott House



A Division of Hospice in the Pines

Opened in 1994, the Joe W. Elliott House provides lodging at affordable prices for persons whose medical treatment involves an overnight stay–whether a single night or several weeks. A family member or friend is welcome to stay with the person receiving treatment. For reservations, please call (936) 631-3400.

  • 30 guest rooms with private baths

  • Public kitchenette and coin-operated laundry

  • Linens & towels provided

  • Color TV with cable

  • Small refrigerator in every room

  • Walking distance to Memorial Health System of East Texas and a short, 1.5 mile drive to Woodland Heights Medical Center

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


220 Gene Samford Drive
Lufkin, Texas 75904


(936) 631-3400
(936) 631-346
1 (fax)
(936) 634-8111 (24-hour operator)


Resident Coordinator: Sandra Wilson

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