Community Hospice & Palliative Care understands caring for a seriously ill loved one can be challenging. The whole family feels the effects of advanced illness. In fact, families often need as much, if not more, attention as the patient. Our care supports the whole family, with guidance to help you make the most of the time that remains. We will manage pain, help your loved one feel comfortable and help you understand what to expect.
Along with managing pain and symptoms, dispensing medications and providing personal care, we teach you how to help your loved ones when we’re not with you. We also can get your loved one out to enjoy activities, or stay with them while you take a break. We’ll also be there to help you through practical matters like insurance paperwork or finding community resources. For those hard times, we offer counseling and emotional support.
Our compassionate staff will guide you through your most challenging questions and issues. We’ve been there many times before, and we’ll be there for you, too.
After the death, we remain by your side with up to 13 months of bereavement support from our licensed counselors.
We provide medications for treatment of symptoms related to the hospice diagnosis and included in the plan of care. We review all medications with our medical director and pharmacist, who are experts in pain and symptom control, to ensure the best possible symptom management.
We provide patients with medical supplies and durable medical equipment (DME) as called for in their customized plan of care. Our dedicated, trained DME technicians offer a caring, gentle approach to delivering equipment during this sensitive time.
Our care team requests all equipment, relieving caregivers of the physical and financial burden of arranging for these items. Equipment can include things like hospital beds, specialty mattresses, oxygen, wheelchairs and items to help with activities of daily living.
Our experienced care team members have walked this journey with many families. They will take the time to get to know you and share important updates about your loved one. They will also provide you with information and resources about the illness and the dying process, so you can prepare for what’s next.
Sometimes caregivers need to take a break from offering care to replenish their caring spirit. It’s not a selfish thing; in fact, it’s necessary for all caregivers. Our care team can assist with arranging volunteer companionship or short-term respite care when needed.
Relatively simple tasks can become challenging ordeals when you give so much of yourself as a caregiver. Our psychosocial specialists can help you complete vital insurance applications or identify community- or government-based services that can help. We can also point you to support groups and counseling opportunities if desired.
Sometimes all you want after a long day of caregiving is for someone to listen to you. Our care team members are compassionate guides who take the time to listen, answer your questions or just be there when you need someone. Our chaplains also can provide spiritual counseling or request representatives from your faith community, should you want them.
The Caregiver Coalition of Northeast Florida, a program of Community Hospice & Palliative Care, is an alliance of area nonprofit organizations that supports strong family caregiving on the First Coast. The Coalition hosts conferences, publishes the Caregiver Connections newsletter and the MyCaregiverConnection.org website. Best of all, its programs are free and open to all caregivers, regardless of whether your loved one gets care from us.
The National Alliance for Caregiving is one of the nation’s leading organizations in advancing family caregiving. It does this through research, innovation and advocacy, championing local action to empower caregivers with the resources to thrive in their role.
The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, an advocacy, education, research and service unit of Georgia Southwestern State University founded by the former First Lady, conducts research and provides training and education for caregivers and the organizations that support them.