The Hospice Care story began in 1977 when a local group of visionaries heard about the compassionate and holistic way people in England were approaching care for people in their final chapters of life. The concept was simple. Rather than place people in a sterile and often unfamiliar environment, like a hospital, bring them home. Surround them with compassionate care and ensure they are comfortable and at peace both medically and emotionally.
This philosophy of care was founded on the belief that it is important not just to treat the disease, but also to treat the whole person. Treating the whole person means addressing any spiritual concerns, celebrating or amending important relationships, letting the patient determine what a good quality of life is to them, and in the broadest terms, keeping the focus on living each day to the fullest. That is the heart of hospice care.
Most families say that as soon as hospice care begins, they feel relief almost immediately.
“Knowing how overwhelming caregiving can be, we make sure to support our families as well as our patients. And we want to provide support in every way – medically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially,” said Mary Phillips, RN with Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.
Phillips works from the Walnut Cove office visiting patients and families in and around Stokes County, and said her greatest wish is to help ease the experience of facing an advanced illness and navigating end of life care.
“I like that we are able to spend quality time with our patients, and offer them care that’s above and beyond what they might expect. For example, I love offering complementary therapies like music and massage to my patients. Once they try it, they always want more. It’s an additional layer of care that helps sooth our patients,” said Phillips. “I like that we treat the whole person, not just the disease,” she added.
“The most consistent feedback we receive is that families wish they had called sooner. In fact, most patients say they feel better almost immediately, and studies also show that patients who receive hospice care live, on average, 29 days longer than patients without hospice care,” shared social worker Emily Vernon.
“Coming to terms with a life-limiting diagnosis can be overwhelming. To have a team of experts to help alleviate the fear and provide peace of mind – that’s what drives us and that’s the real gift of hospice care,” added Vernon.
Today, in addition to hospice care, anyone in the community can ask for palliative care, support for dealing with grief, and even help with advance care planning. As the hometown hospice, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter has been serving Stokes and surrounding counties since 1979.
“As a nonprofit organization, we put 100 percent of our resources back into the community. We also rely, in part, on community support. That’s why we want to encourage golfers to come to our annual Kadren Robinson Memorial Golf Tournament this year. Our tournament is a tradition and one of the ways we raise awareness in the community, as well as funds to support our mission. Our tournament is at Hemlock Golf Club on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.,” shared Tabitha Vogler, Office Coordinator in Walnut Cove/Stokes County.
To learn more about the care provided by Hospice & Palliative CareCenter or to register for the Golf Tournament, call Tabitha at 336-591-1124 or visit www.HospiceCareCenter.org