Live Better with Palliative Care
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious and chronic illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
Illness raises many questions. Whether you are ill or are caring for someone who is ill, you are in a position to make important decisions. Knowing what you want and don’t want, or what they want and don’t want, will make those decisions easier.
- What kind of treatment do you want?
- Do you want to stay at home?
- Who will make decisions on your behalf if you can’t?
- What kind of services do you want to celebrate your life?
Grief is a normal response to the losses and transitions of life. When someone important to us passes away, we mourn the loss of the relationship as well as the loss of the person.
Gulfside Hospice’s special way of caring also extends to the patient’s family members and loved ones. The goal of the bereavement program is to assure the long-term mental and physical well-being of survivors by helping them adjust to their loss and learn new skills for living.
Bereavement Support Groups & Workshops
Gulfside Hospice offers many different support groups and workshops for families who have been on Gulfside’s services. Under the counselor’s leadership, participants share information, experiences and emotional support. The groups emphasize discussion and participation, and focus on various aspects of grief and the healing process.
Creative Grieving Workshops use a variety of media to express and work through grief. Workshops can include music, drawing, coloring, writing, meditation and prayer. Counselors guide the participants through the tools aimed at teaching various ways to relax, reduce stress and process grief feelings. No artistic training or talent is needed, and each tool developed in the workshop is helpful in navigating the journey through grief. For information about upcoming workshops, call 800-561-4883.
Most people think hospice care is expensive. However, Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies cover hospice services. Odds are, if you have one of these plans, you also have the right to receive hospice care through the hospice benefit.
Plus, at Gulfside Hospice, no one is turned away from receiving care because of their financial situation. As a non-profit organization, we are honored to provide quality care to everyone in the community who needs it, thanks to the generous support of our community donors and partners.
If you are considering looking into palliative care but need to know more, below is some information that can help you to decide if palliative care is right for you. There are many benefits of palliative care (comfort care) for both patients and their families.