Georgetown does not have enough demand to support an inpatient hospice care facility, according to the results of a study shared Tuesday by City Council Member Steve Fought.
The City Council voted last summer to contribute up to $10,000 to explore the feasibility of building an inpatient residential hospice care facility in the Georgetown area. The study was performed through a partnership between the city, Baylor Scott & White Health, the Georgetown Health Foundation and Hospice Austin, which operates the Christopher House hospice facility in East Austin.
Fought said while some demand exists for a dedicated inpatient hospice center, the demand is not strong enough to warrant a recommendation to build a stand-alone facility. He said many of the people in Georgetown who might become patients of such a facility already receive care elsewhere and would likely be reluctant to want to make what could be a significant life change by moving to a new center.
“People want to stay in place,” Fought said.
While the study group found a lack of enough demand for a stand-alone hospice facility, it did recommend the study partners could look further into establishing specialized hospice wings within existing health care facilities, Fought said. He presented the study’s findings during a City Council policy workshop Tuesday.