For more upcoming events, view our
monthly bereavement calendar.
LIFT Walking Club
The purpose is to "lift the spirit" through exercise, friendship and encouragement for those going through the grief process.
Every Tuesday , 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Mall of Abilene, 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.
Meet in front of Chick-Fil-A
Abilene LIFT Luncheon
Monday, June 10, Noon
Auxiliary Conference Center, Room B
Hendrick Medical Center, Shelton Building, 2000 Pine St.
Please call 325.670.6999 to make a reservation by Friday, June 7 for the buffet lunch (cost $6).
Speaker - Bill Umstead, Elmwood Funeral Home
Sweetwater LIFT Luncheon
Thursday, June 20 • 12:30 p.m.
TSTC, The Center
300 College Drive, Sweetwater
Please call 325.670.6999 to make a reservation for the buffet lunch (cost: $6).
Speaker - Helen Teague
Healing Through Hope
A six-week grief support group. For details,
contact Judy Osborne, bereavement coordinator, at 677-8516.
Saturday – Tuesday, June 1-4
For children who have experienced a loss.
Camp Courage JR
Saturday, August 10
A day camp for children entering kindergarten through second grade who have experienced a loss. For more information or to register your child, click on Camp Courage or call 670-6951.
About Hospice Care
|Hendrick Hospice Care provides service for patients in the private home setting, long term facilities, nursing facilities and the hospital with in a 60-mile radius. Hendrick Hospice Care provides a full range of hospice services including|
- Nursing care
- Home health aides
- Social services
- Bereavement care
- Volunteer services
- Pastoral counseling
- Symptom management
- Palliative care
- Dietary assistance
- Durable medical equipment
- Medical supplies
- Pharmacy services
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy
- Respite care
Who makes up your Hospice Care Team?
A multi-disciplinary team ensures each patient's hospice and palliative needs are met. The Hospice team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide patient care and family support when needed.
The team consists of:
- Primary Physician
- Medical Director
- Case Manager
- Social Worker
- Licensed staff nurses
- Certified nurses aides
- Bereavement Coordinator
- Volunteer Coordinator
The team members combine special knowledge and skills to help the patient live each day as fully as possible. Our expertise is in end-of-life care.
When should you choose Hospice Care?
At any time during a life-limiting illness, it is appropriate to discuss all of the patient's care options. Hospice care is an option and a choice you make to enhance life for a person dealing with a life threatening illness.
The patient and family are encouraged to discuss hospice care at any time with their physician and other healthcare professionals.
By law, the decision belongs to the patient. Understandably, most people are uncomfortable with the idea of stopping an all-out effort to beat the disease. Hospice staff members are highly sensitive to these concerns and are always available to discuss them with the patient, the family and the physician.
What are common diagnoses for patients receiving hospice?
Patients eligible for hospice often are diagnosed with:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
- Alzheimer's disease
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Lung disease
- Multiple sclerosis
How do you pay for Hospice Care?
Hendrick Hospice Care provides services regardless of the ability to pay. We accept reimbursement from insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, donations and memorials.
Hospice care is covered under a special Medicare and Medicaid Hospice Benefit. The Hospice Medicare benefit is a group of services specifically designed to provide palliative care specific to the individual needs of each patient and family. Many of the services covered under this benefit include medications, medical supplies and equipment that are related to the life limiting illness. Our staff will file all claims or answer any questions about reimbursement and Medicare or Medicaid assignment.
What are major myths about Hospice?
Hospice is 100% covered by most insurance.
True. Hendrick Hospice Care does not discriminate because of ones ability to pay. Hospice is a fully covered Medicare benefit for all eligible patients, with no out-of-pocket expense. Hospice also is fully covered by most Medicaid and commercial insurances.
Hospice is a place.
False. Hospice is not a place - it's a service, an option for patients and families to consider should they want to stay home. Hospice brings physical, emotional, and spiritual care and support to wherever our patients call home. This can be a personal residence, nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, or other location of choice.
Hospice only provides care and support for the patient.
False. Hospice care is designed to support the entire family. In fact, hospice doesn't stop with the patient, it cares for anyone who the patient cares for or who cares for the patient.
Hospice helps patients with all kinds of illnesses - not just cancer.
True. Hospice is not just for cancer patients. Hospice is designed to provide care to anyone in the last six months of life. This care is extended to both the individual patient and to the family.
Hospice only helps patients for the last week of life.
False. Hospice is not just for the last few days or weeks of life. The benefit is designed to provide care for the last six months of life to offer quality of life.
Hospice brings an entire team of professionals to wherever a patient calls home.
True. Hospice isn't just one person. It's a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, nursing assistants, volunteers, and other professionals who work together to meet the individual needs of each patient and family.
In order to qualify for hospice, a patient has to give up hope.
False. Hospice doesn't mean giving up hope but redefining hope.