By Chris Burcaw
Nestled in a pastoral, serene setting off Highway 64, centrally located in Davidson County, lies the Hospice of Davidson County Campus, featuring administrative and Home Care offices, the Grief Counseling Center, and the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House facility.
Since 1985, Hospice of Davidson County has been providing care and comfort to patients facing end-of-life illness by offering pain and symptom management, as well as spiritual and emotional support for patients and families.
“Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care. Pain and symptom management and emotional and spiritual support are unique to each patient’s needs and wishes. Our belief is that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support throughout the process,” Jan Knox, Director of Community Relations said.
Hospice focuses on caring, not curing. In most cases, care is provided in a patient’s home, but it is also given in the hospital, in nursing homes, in long-term care facilities, or in a hospice inpatient unit. Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.
Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for their loved one. Members of the Hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services. The Hospice of Davidson County team is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Hospice team develops a care plan that meets each patient’s individual needs for pain management and symptom control. Other services include:
- Assisting the patient with the emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects of dying.
- Providing needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment.
- Coaching and supporting the family on how to care for the patient.
- Making inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or when he caregiver needs respite time.
- Offering grief support care and counseling to surviving family and friends.
“Our team consists of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and certified nursing assistants, as well as social workers, chaplains, and grief counselors,” Knox said. “But we would be hard-pressed to offer our levels of services without the help of our incredible volunteers. Our volunteers assist with everything from answering phones and providing office support to running errands and providing companionship for patients.”
Because of generous community support, Hospice of Davidson County can continue meeting its mission to enhance the quality of life by providing expert physical, emotional and spiritual care for our community.
“We never refuse care to anyone based on their ability to pay. The services we offer exceed what is covered by Medicare and private insurance reimbursements,” Knox said. “For that reason, we depend on the Davidson County community to meet the needs of those in our community facing the end of their lives.”
Currently, Hospice of Davidson County is in the midst of its More Meaningful Moments comprehensive campaign, which is designed to raise funds to enhance patient care, expand services, enable growth, and expand therapeutic care.
“Over the next decade, it is projected that the population of residents over the age of 65 in Davidson County will increase by 23%,” Knox said. “The goals of the campaign are simple – to create More Meaningful Moments for our patients and their families while meeting the growing need for Hospice Care in our community.”
To learn more about Hospice of Davidson County, to become a volunteer or support the care we provide, visit HospiceOfDavidson.org, or call 336-475-5444.