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Helping Patients and Their Loved Ones
Hospice care is a service to help terminally ill patients live more fully and comfortably during the last phase of life. Accepting hospice services does not mean that a person has given up or has quit trying. For many patients, care delivered by a trained hospice team may help their condition improve or stabilize. In most cases, hospice care enables patients and their families a more comfortable experience and improved quality of life. However, with so many options for hospice available, how do you choose the best one for yourself or a loved one? As a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, we encourage you to identify factors that are important to you and your family when selecting a hospice. Visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for a list of questions to consider.
Listen in as Pam Miller, Director, Hospice of the Foothills, explains that with so many options for hospice available, how do you choose the best one for yourself or a loved one?
GHS Hospice of the Foothills has been serving the Mountain Lakes region since 1989. Our program is dedicated to providing medical, nursing and spiritual care and emotional support to patients and their families. Our goals are to …
- Help the patient live the highest quality of life as long as possible
- Support the family as the primary provider of care
- Keeps loved at home as long as is appropriate with in-home nursing care
- Care for patients in the homelike atmosphere of our hospice house, when appropriate
- Help patients and their families prepare for the loss
- Provide bereavement support after the loved one has died
- Provide bereavement and grief services to the community
GHS Hospice of the Foothills offers a variety of hospice and bereavement services to the residents of Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. Offering different levels of services to meet the needs of patients, loved ones and caregivers, our services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Care is provided wherever the patient lives—at home, an assisted living/long-term care facility or at hospice house like Cottingham House.
Our team of caregivers includes a medical director, nurses, counselors, hospice aides, chaplains and volunteers. Care is coordinated in cooperation with the patient and the patient’s primary care physician.
Hospice Care at Home
Most people prefer to die in the comfort of their own home environment, yet many still die in hospitals. For patients who can stay at home, GHS Hospice of the Foothills will do whatever is possible to keep them there. We help patients remain in control of decisions about their care and support them in coping with both “good” and “bad” days. Our hospice staff works closely with families, supporting them emotionally as they deal with stress, educating them on what to expect and how to help the patient, providing respite when they need rest and listening or giving support when they are worried. Our comprehensive home-based hospice services include …
- Comfort through the management of symptoms
- Emotional and/or spiritual support for both patients and their loved ones
- Assistance with daily living activities
- Information about the care needed and the changes that may occur in the patient’s condition
- Bereavement support
- Care from knowledgeable and compassionate staff
- Availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Alternative Home Hospice Care
For patients who reside in nursing care facilities, assisted living facilities or group homes, GHS Hospice of the Foothills offers alternative home services. No matter the setting, our hospice team works together to best serve the patient and family.
While for most people the ideal hospice setting is their own home, sometimes symptoms cannot be effectively managed at home, or families need a break from home hospice care. Cottingham Hospice House at GHS Hospice of the Foothills brings the expertise of hospice care into the warm and welcoming environment of a home setting. It gives hospice patients and families a place that provides high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care.
Cottingham Hospice House offers general inpatient hospice services for symptom management and respite care when families need a break. A freestanding inpatient facility off of Keowee School Road, the facility provides medical, nursing and skilled hospice providers around the clock. A first of its kind in Oconee County, Cottingham Hospice House offers a secluded homelike atmosphere for terminally ill patients to spend the last days of their lives in peace and comfort, surrounded by family and friends.
A vital component of our hospice care is the continued support of hospice families for up to 13 months after a patient’s death. Our bereavement services are designed for family members who can benefit from grief counseling, support groups, educational materials, or telephone support from a listening, caring professional in the difficult months following the death of a loved one.
GHS Hospice of the Foothills also extends bereavement support services to members of our community who are grieving. We offer a variety of bereavement and grief consultation services, support groups and educational programs to area businesses, churches, schools and other organizations.
If you’re interested in helping GHS Hospice of the Foothills by working in the office, helping with fundraising events or visiting patients and families, please consider becoming a volunteer. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please call (864) 882-8940 and ask for our volunteer coordinator. To make a financial gift, memorial or a bequest in an estate plan, please call (864) 885-7909.
Learn More about GHS Hospice of the Foothills
GHS Hospice of the Foothills is associated with The Carolinas Center. The Carolinas Center is the leading voice for quality end of life care in the Carolinas, representing an extensive network of hospice and palliative care providers in North and South Carolina. Hospice of the Foothills is also proudly accredited by The Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
A physician, family member, friend or co-worker can request hospice care. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance policies cover hospice care. Call (864) 882-8940 to learn more about the services available through GHS Hospice of the Foothills or to arrange for us to share information about hospice care at your place of worship, business, civic group or other organization.
Location & Contact Information
390 Keowee School Road
Seneca, SC 29672
Phone: (864) 882-8940
Toll-free: (888) 460-3739
Fax: (864) 882-7240