The Elizabeth House is a 12-bed inpatient hospice facility located on our campus in Flat Rock, NC. The home-like environment provides a comfortable, soothing atmosphere for patients and families. Here, our interdisciplinary team can address challenging symptoms and issues that cannot be managed in other care settings. Often, residents return home after a brief stay.The Elizabeth House is also a place where respite care is provided for the benefit of both the patient and loved ones.
The Elizabeth House opened in 1999 to better the most compassionate care to our patients and their families. Today, the Elizabeth House remains supported generously and consistently by the community. The Elizabeth House provides respite care opportunities for traveling families or families needing a “break” from caregiving for a loved one. Intentionally designed with a home-like feel, warmth flows from the “hospice hospital” staff and volunteers to all who visit. In 2014 the Elizabeth House underwent a gracious interior redesign project took place in memory of Edith Hopper Guthrie which helped to beautify and complement the work staff and volunteers do at such a special place.
Who was Elizabeth Reilly?
This facility was named in memory of Elizabeth Reilly, RN, the mother of a former Four Seasons board member and retired pediatrician, the late Kathleen McGrady.
Elizabeth M. Kinsella Reilly, born in New York City on October 23, 1898, was the only one of her Irish immigrant parents’ 12 children born in the United States. Early in her career, she became interested in the care of patients with terminal illness, particularly symptomatic pain alleviation. During World War II, she worked as a civilian nurse in an army hospital, where she remained constantly aware of the ravages of chronic pain on the wounded and seriously ill soldiers she tended.
At a time when the hospice concept was just being introduced in the United States, Elizabeth was a veteran nurse who advocated for meeting the challenges of terminal illness with love, compassion, respect, and deep spirituality. We are privileged to name our inpatient facility after such a pioneer in compassionate care.
Family Experiences At The Elizabeth House
“…My special needs daughter, Lisa, arrived at Elizabeth House with her entourage of professional staff from the care facility in which she resided, and her brother, Rick, and I, to find her room had been prepared for her personally. Elizabeth House staff had taken the liberty to make this room both comfortable and individual to… Read more “Once a week a music therapist came by…volunteers came by often with therapy dogs…The 21 days I spent with my daughter at Elizabeth House were a personal blessing for me.”
“….There were 16 of us who came with my Dad, and Elizabeth House welcomed each of us with such love and compassion, showing us around the center and where to find anything that we might need. They lovingly positioned my Dad so comfortably in a bed, making it easier for him to breathe, and making… Read more “The Elizabeth House staff treated my Dad like he was one of their loved ones, and they treated our family like we were their family.”