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?
Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and in most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home. Hospice care also is provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.
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.
Open to any adult who has lost a child. It meets from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on the first Wednesday of every month.
Open to any adult who has lost a spouse. Meets from 1:00 – 2:00 PM on the second Tuesday of every month at Friends of Caroline’s Office.
Open to any adult who has lost a spouse. Meets from 6:00 – 7:00 PM on the second Wednesday of every month at New Life Church, 389 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29909
Since 2004, we have partnered with Beaufort County School District to provide support groups on campus, during the school day.
This 4-week group is open to any adult who has lost a loved one. Please call for dates.
All groups are free, open to anyone in the community and held at the FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice office.
A heartfelt thanks to all of our Friends that made Camp Caroline very special this year. Our volunteers, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Outside Hiltonhead, New South and the amazing community made the 4th Annual CC one to be remembered. What a fun day with our campers. We are already looking forward to 2019!
Registration Opens April 2019!
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. These include: *We Honor Veterans *Massage Therapy *Reflexology *Aromatherapy *Pet Therapy *Pet Peace of Mind *Maintainance