FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice is committed to providing the highest quality end-of-life care to patients and their families. Hospice care is for individuals with a serious illness typically in the last six months of life.
What is hospice?
Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services.
How does hospice work?
The hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. The team usually consists of:
- The patient’ s personal physician (if the patient should have one);
- Hospice physician;
- Certified nursing assistants (CNAs)
- Medical social workers;
- Clergy or other counselors
- Trained volunteers; and
- Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.
What does hospice provide?
*Manages the patient’s pain and symptoms;
*Assists the patient with the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying;
*Provides needed drugs, medical supplies, and equipment;
*Coaches the family and provides support on how to care for the patient;
*Provides bereavement care and counseling to family and friends.
We cannot stress enough that if you or a loved one are thinking you may benefit from hospice care, please call! Hospice is meant to provide care longer than just a few days or weeks. You are not alone.
Bereavement and Coping
The grief journey is difficult to navigate alone. That’s why FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice offers support groups to help people who struggle with moving forward.
Support groups provide the opportunity to share thoughts and feelings with others who have also lost a loved one. Participants share a common compassion for one another and an understanding of what each other is going through.
Bereaved Parent Support Group
Open to any adult who has lost a child. It meets from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on the first Wednesday of every month.
Bereaved Spouse Support Group
Open to any adult who has lost a spouse. It meets from 1:00 – 2:00 PM on the second Tuesday of every month.
Student Bereavement Support Groups
Since 2004, we have partnered with Beaufort County School District to provide support groups on campus, during the school day.
Four-Week Bereavement Series
This 4-week group is open to any adult who has lost a loved one. It will be offered from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. The next session will be held March 29, 2018.
All groups are free, open to anyone in the community and held at the FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice office.
FRIENDS of Caroline is excited to announce that Camp Caroline will be held June 25, 2018, from 9am-4pm at Port Royal Sound Foundation! Staffed by FRIENDS of Caroline and trained student bereavement grief support facilitators, Camp Caroline, a bereavement camp for students in first through twelfth grades, is designed to provide a safe, compassionate environment where students who have lost a loved one can learn to acknowledge and express their feelings of grief. Students learn how to share their grief experience with each other, to recognize the support systems around them, and to positively cope with their grief emotions. This year we are thrilled to incorporate learning about The Lowcountry Ecosystem, nature trail walking and a boating ecotour.
Registration Opens April 16th!
To submit an application or with questions, please call our office at 843-525-6257.
Complementary or integrative therapies, are often utilized in hospice care. These therapies are non-drug symptom management tools that work together with or “complement” conventional medicine.
We Honor Veterans
As a We Honor Veterans partner, Friends’ staff will be able to recognize the unique needs of America’s Veterans and their families, as well as learn how to accompany and guide Veterans through their life stories toward a more peaceful ending. As a We Honor Veterans partner, Friends also aims to pair volunteers with hospice patients who have been identified as Veterans. Once paired with hospice patients who also have military experience, Veteran Volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with each patient, thereby creating an environment where life review and healing may occur.
Licensed Massage Therapy Volunteers
As part of our volunteer program, licensed massage therapists visit patients to provide gentle massage and therapeutic touch. Massage therapy can relieve pain and tension. Massage can help patients sleep and improve functioning in body systems, such as helping to relieve constipation or reduce edema. It can also promote calmness and can relieve anxiety. The goal is to help patients feel relaxed and peaceful. The massage therapists adjust their approach to the needs of the patient. Rarely is this a traditional massage on a table, but can include light massage and gentle touch of the head, hands and feet. Patients remain clothed and often stay in bed or in a chair.
Pet Therapy Volunteers
Friends understands physical contact has a calming effect and that dogs have the ability to bring back pleasant memories. Our Pet Therapy Volunteers will provide an opportunity for patients and families to participate in a healing environment involving qualified dog therapy volunteers. Certified pet therapy dogs are able to visit patients wherever they call home. Our hope is to enrich patients and their families’ lives through visiting and interacting with our therapy dogs.
Pet Peace of Mind
Friends of Caroline is proud to announce a partnership with Banfield Charitable Trust’s program, Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM). The PPOM program enables hospice patients to keep their pets at home with them throughout their end of life journey. Volunteers with the PPOM program will assist families with the care of their pet’s needs, such as exercise and transporting pets to the groomers. Friends may also provide assistance with routine pet care and re-homing after a patient passes.
Maintenance Team Volunteers
Maintenance Team Volunteers are available to perform simple and general maintenance tasks of interior and exterior of property of Friends of Caroline Hospice patients, such as installing hand rails in the shower or filling minor patches/gaps in the wall. They may also assist with lawn care.