Hospice Myth: Hospice Only Cares for the Patient

Each month we set the facts straight regarding myths surrounding hospice care.

This month’s myth: Hospice only cares for the patient

At Carroll Hospice, we understand that the whole family is affected when an individual is faced with a life-limiting illness. That’s why we make sure to provide support for family members in addition to the patient.

While their loved one is receiving hospice care, we assist family members with day-to-day caregiving responsibilities and offer respite care—a short break for the responsibilities of caregiving.

Support for the family does not end when a loved one dies. Carroll Hospice understands the impact a loss has on those left behind. Hospice is committed to providing bereavement support for 13 months after a death to help family members cope with that difficult first year.

The McGinnis Bereavement Center in Dove House, Carroll Hospice’s inpatient facility, includes a library filled with resources on hospice and the grieving process, and materials are available for borrowing.

In addition, Carroll Hospice offers support services and bereavement resources to families, friends and community members grieving the loss of a loved one. Skilled, caring and certified counselors lead the programs, assisted by trained volunteers in grief and loss.

These grief support groups and programs for hospice families and the community include a Widow & Widowers support group for those who have lost a spouse; Mending Hearts support group for those who have lost a child; a monthly bereavement luncheon at Baugher’s for adults who have lost someone close to them; a Suicide Loss support group; and a Grief After a Substance Abuse Loss support group.

For Chris Krebs and her husband, Bob, Carroll Hospice’s care helped to ease the pain of losing a number of loved ones over a short period of time.

“I don’t have the words to describe how compassionate and caring virtual strangers to us were to my dad, and when my mom came [to visit him], how they were so there for her,” she says of the staff. “And I think that was the big ‘a-ha’ for me. Hospice is not only for the patient, but they’re here for the family.”

Visit our website to learn more about our compassionate care or call 410-871-8000.

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