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3 Tips For Safely Celebrating The Holidays With Your Loved Ones

Posted by Linda Ward on December 17, 2020 at 9:30 AM

December marks a festive time of year. No matter what you celebrate, this month is about spending time with those who matter most – friends and family. Unfortunately, in 2020, that is looking a bit different this season. If you are feeling stressed about the safety of loved ones during the holiday season, whether you are a caregiver or family member, just know that you are not alone.

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Topics: General Information, Caregiver

How To Start The Hospice Process

Posted by Linda Ward on November 20, 2020 at 9:51 AM

Hospice. An intimidating word to hear at first, and one that leads to a new chapter life. If you research where the word “hospice originates from and has different meanings, you will be able to understand why this journey is not something to fear. It is also not a journey you have to experience alone.

The word hospice comes from the Latin word “hospis” meaning host and guest. In 1842, the term hospice was used to identify a place where the chronically ill would receive care. Now, the term hospice is defined as “care designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure” (www.medicinenet.com). No matter which definition you look up, you will always find one underlying factor that is connected back to this service – Support.

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Topics: hospice, General Information

What It Means To Be A Hospice Volunteer At Gulfside Healthcare Services.

Posted by Linda Ward on October 26, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Compassion. It is a word that we use in our vocabulary every day and something that the majority of us strive to have. The team at Gulfside is no different. From nurses to doctors and social workers, the goal is to be compassionate and towards every patient or family we see. After all, that is part of the Gulfside's values and mission statement. So, the Gulfside team always makes sure they take the time to listen and provide compassionate care for each patient. What is truly remarkable is when a stranger decides to give up their time to help us and demonstrates compassion by becoming a Gulfside Hospice Patient Care Volunteer.

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Topics: General Information, Volunteer

Celebrating Another Year Of Thrift Shopping And Supporting Pasco County

Posted by Linda Ward on August 17, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Gone are the days where fashion or antiques have to be expensive. For nearly 30 years, Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes have been providing affordable clothing, furniture, and collectible items. Residents of Pasco County and thrift shop lovers alike can visit one of the five locations located throughout Pasco County and find a great deal without breaking the bank. Not only do our thrift shops have a wide variety of items at an affordable price, but also every week there are “thriftastic” daily deals.

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Topics: hospice, General Information, Thrift Shoppes

Everything You Need to Know About Receiving Comfort and Care at Home.

Posted by Linda Ward on July 16, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Comfort and care should always go hand in hand when thinking about the future. As times continue to rapidly change, so does the desire and need for the safety of our loved ones. Gone are the days where the only options to receive the benefits of long term care were to be in a hospital, nursing home, or care facility. At Gulfside, we know that nothing compares to the real comfort of home.

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Topics: General Information, Home Health

Tips for Helping Your Loved One Cope With Sundowners Syndrome

Posted by Linda Ward on November 20, 2019 at 10:04 AM

Fall brings colder weather and shorter days. Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here and we will be preparing for the busiest time of the year. These changes may be exciting to some, but for others, fall can be a difficult time. For individuals suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia, a change in the environment can be confusing, and frustrating.

The Alzheimer’s Association (AA) has reported approximately 5.8 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2050, this number could increase to nearly 14 million individuals. With these high numbers, it is important to stay informed about the best ways to care for individuals and loved ones who are living with this disease.

As we get older it isn't unusual for our hobbies, interests, and habits to change. After all, if we continued to like and do the same thing our whole lives it would become less interesting. These types of changes in our behavior can be fun, and connect us with others. When it comes to the behavioral changes associated with Sundowners Syndrome, we can find our loved ones isolating themselves and becoming more irritable than usual.

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Topics: hospice, palliative, General Information, Caregiver Resources, Caregiver Corner with Linda

A Plaque to Carry on a Legacy: The Rucki Center for Hospice Care in Zephyrhills

Posted by Linda Ward on June 26, 2019 at 5:38 AM

June 18, 2019 was not only a day of celebration, but a day of remembrance. Members of our community, as well as our dedicated staff, came together to honor two individuals who fully embraced, and represent the true spirit of Gulfside.

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Topics: Insider, hospice, General Information

12 Reasons to Shop at the Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes

Posted by Linda Ward on December 18, 2018 at 11:13 AM

  1. Great prices! The Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes have the best prices in town on anything you’re looking for.
  2. Designer brands, for much, much less! More times than not, you can find a great deal on top name brands like Vera Bradley, Dooney & Burke, Ann Taylor, Michael Kors, and so many more.
  3. Find a one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone on your list! Our displays of unique collectibles are sure to make anyone smile.
  4. Get your hands on some hard-to-find antiques! We have seen all kinds of things come through our doors, from antique glassware to vintage games and baseball cards.
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Topics: Insider, hospice, General Information, Thrift Shoppes

How do I know when my loved one is ready for hospice?

Posted by Linda Ward on August 23, 2018 at 2:53 PM

Discussing hospice can be a beneficial option at any stage of a life-limiting illness. Patients as well as their families benefit the most when they are supported by the hospice team with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual support from their hospice team as early as possible.

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Topics: hospice, palliative, General Information, Caregiver Resources, Caregiver Corner with Linda

Hospice Facts & Figures

Posted by Linda Ward on June 11, 2018 at 9:42 AM

Did you know?

Below are some interesting facts and figures released by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.Gulfside is proud to have served residents of Pasco County, Fl for the past 30 years.

  •  47.5% of hospice patients are ages 84 or older. Less than 6% are younger than age 65.
  • Only 27% of hospice patients have a principal diagnosis of cancer. 18% have a diagnosis of dementia.
  • The average length of stay for Medicare patients enrolled in hospice is 71 days.
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Topics: hospice, General Information, Caregiver Resources, Caregiver Corner with Linda

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