Patients & Families

Heart of Georgia Hospice is committed to providing the highest quality end-of-life care to patients and their families.

Hospice care is for individuals with a serious illness typically in the last six months of life. To be eligible for hospice services a patient must have a medical diagnosis that his or her life expectancy is six months or less if the illness runs its normal course. For more details on hospice eligibility see our admission criteria.

An interdisciplinary team of highly trained professionals who work collaboratively with patients and families to enhance quality of life.

Support for physical, emotional and spiritual pain as well as grief and bereavement services for patients and the entire family.

Medications, medical equipment and supplies related to the terminal diagnosis.

Heart of Georgia Hospice uses a team of experts to care for a patient and their family. The hospice team includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physicians who specialize in managing pain and other bothersome symptoms such as depression, anxiety, nausea, and shortness of breath.
  • Nurses who visit the patient in their residence to ensure the patient is comfortable and educate the caregiver on what to expect and how to care for the patient.
  • Social Workers who provide counseling to the patient and family and connect them to any available resources in the community.
  • Chaplains who provide spiritual support to the patient and family.
  • Certified Nursing Assistants who assist with bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living.
  • Volunteers who provide practical support to the patient and family such as transportation to appointments and respite care for the caregiver.
  • Bereavement Counselors who provide individual and group counseling services to the family after a patient dies.

Hospice services are provided wherever a patient resides. While typically this is in a patient’s home, hospice services are provided in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and hospitals. Heart of Georgia Hospice also provides inpatient care at Perry Regional Hospital available for patients as needed.

Hospice care is a benefit provided by Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance providers, and the Department of Veteran Affairs. No one is ever denied services because of an inability to pay thanks to the support of generous donors.

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