When Is It Time For Hospice?

when is it time for hospice

We can’t tell you how many times our nurses, social workers, or volunteers have heard the words, “We wish we would have called hospice sooner. It has made our lives so much better.” When you’re facing a terminal or end-of-life prognosis, you and your family deserve all the support you can get. The hospice model of care is incomparable when it comes to providing that network.  

Many people mistakenly believe that signing up for hospice means that death is imminent, and they aren’t “willing to give up yet.” In fact, hospice provides comfort and support at every level – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual – for patients and their families  Remarkable Fact: Contrary to popular belief, signing up for hospice actually improves life expectancy for many patients. Based on findings from a large cohort of retrospective studies, “Receiving at least one day of hospice care may increase life expectancy by up to three months.”   But, of course, we hope that anyone facing a terminal illness would benefit from far more than a single day of our care. Whether you choose hospice care or palliative care options (more on those below), we sincerely hope you find the care you deserve as you and your family navigate this next powerful chapter in your journey. 

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How To Become A Hospice Nurse

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We have yet to meet a hospice nurse, physician, social worker, staff, or volunteer that doesn’t feel our work is “a calling.” The fragile, respectful, and complicated realms of dying, death, and grief require unique skill sets and gifts. Those who want to work in this field have a special relationship with life and death, seeing them as part of the same and connected whole.  

This is all to say that while there is a logistical and linear path to becoming a hospice nurse, odds are your journey is one of the heart and soul.  

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16th Annual R.E. Thomas Memorial Benefit

16th Annual R.E. Thomas Memorial Benefit
Join Johnny and Joyce Thomas and their extended family and friends for the annual R.E. Thomas Benefit for HGI.

Join Johnny and Joyce Thomas and their extended family and friends for the annual R.E. Thomas Benefit for Hospice of The Golden Isles

Enjoy a delicious prime rib and shrimp dinner catered by Mudcat Charlie’s, live entertainment from local talent and most of all the palpable fellowship buzzing through the Shrine Club.

To Register, call Johnny Thomas at (912) 269-5001

Event will be held at the Brunswick Shrine Club, Saturday, August 28, 2021! Tickets are $60/person • Doors open at 6:30pm • Dinner at 7pm • BYOB

Home Hospice Care: What To Expect

home hospice care what to expect

Bringing hospice care into the home improves the quality of life for patients and their families. Once you’ve started home hospice care, you have access to an incredible network of support that goes far beyond the realms of clinical and comfort care. 

If you’re new to the idea of hospice, read our post What is Hospice Care for a general overview of the services we provide.

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Palliative Care And Hospice Care

palliative care and hospice care  

As hospice care providers we often see or hear the terms palliative care and hospice care used interchangeably even though they are not exactly the same thing.  

While these two services do share things in common, there are distinct differences. Knowing and understanding what each healthcare service offers helps you to make the most informed healthcare decisions for yourself or a loved one.

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Hospice of the Golden Isles Looking for Volunteers

Hospice of the Golden Isles, the hometown hospice for Glynn, CamdenMcIntoshBrantley, and Charlton counties, is looking for volunteers to help make a difference and improve the quality of life for people in the community.  Volunteers are diverse and special members of the community, offering companionship and a listening ear to patients and family members, assist with administrative work or provide support at fundraising events, there is a volunteer opportunity for everyone.

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What Is Hospice Care?

what is hospice care  

The value of hospice care is – quite simply – invaluable to patients and their families. And, because there is such a general misunderstanding of what hospice care is and how it’s structured, patients and families often miss out on months – or even years – of support that they would have had access to otherwise.

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tips for choosing a hospice care provider

Tips For Choosing A Hospice Care Provider

Hospice is an incredible service provided at any desired, qualified location – hospital, nursing home, assisted living community, the comfort of your own home, a dedicated hospice house, etc. While the medical and comfort services offered by hospice care providers are fairly universal from agency to agency, the accompanying services may vary.

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