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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

Hospice or Palliative: Understanding the Difference

Posted by Linda Ward on March 22, 2018 at 5:36 AM

Hospice Care

Hospice care is palliative by nature, meaning it provides comfort care. At the point of receiving hospice care, a patient's illness has progressed to where curative treatment is no longer desired or beneficial. Hospice care supports the patient and their families while focusing on relieving symptoms and offering comfort from pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, insomnia or constipation.

Non-Hospice Palliative Care

By definition, non-hospice palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms that are related to chronic illnesses, such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, AIDS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological diseases.

As you can see, there are differences between non-hospice palliative care and hospice care – and yet there is a relationship between the two. Non-hospice palliative care can be used at any stage of an illness, not just the advanced stages.

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

FAQ's: Centers for Hospice Care

Posted by Linda Ward on January 23, 2018 at 9:52 AM

When patients cannot be cared for in their home, they are welcome in one of ours. The Gulfside Centers for Hospice Care provide medical expertise in a home-like setting for patients who need short-term, round-the-clock, hospice care. Gulfside is proud to offer two Centers for Hospice Care: one in New Port Richey and the other in Zephyrhills.

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about hospice care in a hospice house setting. For more information or to schedule a tour of either Center, click here or call 800-561-4883.

Who is eligible to use the Gulfside Centers for Hospice Care?

Hospice patients who need short-term, round-the-clock care because of care requirements or other needs that cannot be managed where the patient lives.

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Topics: hospice, General Information, Caregiver Resources

Gulfside Awarded Deficiency-Free Surveys

Posted by Linda Ward on October 12, 2017 at 10:52 AM
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Topics: hospice, palliative, General Information

Advanced Directives: Starting the Tough Conversation

Posted by Linda Ward on September 19, 2017 at 9:06 AM



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?
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Topics: hospice, palliative, General Information, Caregiver Resources

You’re Not Alone: Hospice Grief Services

Posted by Linda Ward on August 15, 2017 at 7:38 AM

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.

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Topics: hospice, General Information, Caregiver Resources, bereavement, grief

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