Hospice is a philosophy of special compassionate care that reaches beyond the traditional spectrum of treatments for disease or disorders. It is a positive option for those who are nearing the end of life, when curative measures and treatments are no longer viable, or desired. Hospice is a way to maximize one’s quality of life, up to the last moment.
We believe that death is a natural part of the cycle of life, and that everyone has the right to die with dignity, in as pain-free of a manner as possible, and in a place of their choosing, surrounded by loved ones, as the patient desires. We do not hasten nor postpone death. We simply provide the care and support needed to honor the individual’s choices.
Our Professional Team
Our care involves a holistic approach that includes quality physical, emotional and spiritual care, offered by a coordinated and compassionate team of professionals and volunteers, for patients and their families. Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s professional team includes:
- The patient’s own primary care physician
- Our medical director
- Registered nurses – many of whom are nationally certified in hospice and palliative care
- Certified nursing assistants
- Social workers
- Physical, speech, occupational and music therapists
- Volunteer and bereavement services coordinators
- Certified bereavement counselors
- A full administrative support team
Additionally, we are fortunate to have a roster of more than 200 dedicated, compassionate volunteers who are ready to respond to any need.
Hospice Care of the Lowcountry treats patients and their families, assessing the needs of each individual and of the group as a whole. Family dynamics are central to the care plan, and the Hospice Care of the Lowcountry team considers those relationships when caring for patients who are nearing end of life. Hospice Care of the Lowcountry services are provided in the location of the patient’s choosing – house, apartment, assisted living residence, nursing facility, or any other place a patient considers “home.” Hospice Care of the Lowcountry’s main goal it to provide patients with compassionate, quality care in familiar surroundings where they can enjoy peace of mind and the comfort of having loved ones close at hand. Hospice is NOT:
- A last resort
- A place to go to die
- A way to hasten death
- A way to postpone death
- A way to prolong life
- An indication that you have given up
If you are struggling with end of life decisions for yourself or someone you care for, please contact us today at 843.706.2296 so we may answer your questions and discuss whether hospice care might be a good option for your situation.