At Hospice of the Golden Isles, we recognize the challenges of caring for a loved one who is seriously ill, and we are prepared to assist and support you through this process.
The emotional and physical demands involved with caregiving can strain even the most resilient person. According to the AARP, one study found that as many as one in three caregivers rate their stress level as high, and half say they have less time to spend with family and friends.
Our professional hospice staff are well equipped to provide practical assistance for caregivers. Along with managing pain and symptoms, arranging formedications and medical equipment, our nurses teach you how to care for your loved one when we’re not with you and what to expect as the illness progresses. Our compassionate nursing aides provide personal care for your loved one (such as bathing and changing bed linens) with compassion and respect.
Our counselors and chaplains offer emotional and spiritual support, and our volunteer team helps by making visits for companionship, running errands, and giving caregivers a brief break to have some time for themselves. Grief Support is also available.
Our Hospice team is here for you and your loved one, whenever you need us. Our hospice has dedicated on-call physician and nursing staff available 24/7 to respond to urgent after-hours needs and concerns. Many families describe our 24/7 on-call services as one of the most valuable and helpful aspects of our hospice care.
We’re here to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
There are times as a caregiver that you may need to take a short break or “respite” from providing physical care. Respite for caregivers is appropriate when you need to travel out of town or simply need an opportunity to rest. Respite care is covered under the hospice benefit through Medicare, Medicaid and some other payment programs. Hospice of the Golden Isles can provide respite care at our Hospice House or another contracted nursing facility.
When you’re caring for others, it’s essential that you first take care of yourself.