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What is FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care?

FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care believes every individual with a limited life expectancy should be assured quality of life regardless of place of residence. The Hospice team of professionals and trained volunteers teach family and friends how to care for their loved one at home. All aspects of the patient’s physical and emotional needs, as well as the family’s support needs, are confidentially assessed by the Hospice & Palliative Care team.

Using a team-oriented approach Hospice offers support and care in the following areas:

Hospice is a philosophy and a concept of care, not a place. It strives to be optimistic but realistic. It endeavors to relieve suffering in any form, whether physical or emotional. 

As part of the FirstHealth of the Carolinas network, FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care is a resource for the community in the areas of education, bereavement and adjustment to loss.

FirstHealth Hospice & Palliative Care is not-for-profit and is the only hospice associated with FirstHealth of the Carolinas.

For more information call (910) 715-6000 or toll-free at (866)-861-7485.


Nursing
A registered nurse makes home visits to assess the patient’s condition and teach how to care for the patient – especially management of symptoms. How often the nurse visits depends on the patient’s condition and the physician’s instructions. The nurse is in regular contact with the patient’s physician and can help arrange for special equipment or supplies.

24-hour coverage for evenings, weekends and holiday is available to assist with emergencies as they may arise.

Social Work
Medical social workers visit every family to help determine strengths and needs. They are available to help with emotional support, coordination of resources, problem-solving, personal adjustment counseling, family counseling and referral to other agencies for financial and other help.

Hospice Aids
Hospice aids are available to visit the home at regular intervals to give baths and shampoos, to help change the bed and to provide other types of personal care.

Spiritual Care
Spiritual care is an integral piece of the Hospice & Palliative Care program and is addressed with a team care approach.

Spiritual Care Chaplains work to ensure that spiritual and religious concerns are addressed in a thoughtful and supportive manner. They are clinically trained to help with the special needs of Hospice & Palliative Care patients and their families.

Spiritual Care Chaplains are caring and attentive listeners who respect your dignity and privacy and do not impose their own beliefs or religious practices.

Volunteer Support
Volunteers are available to assist the Hospice & Palliative Care team in providing care to the patient and family. If desired, a specially-trained volunteer will be assigned to provide services such as companionship, respite for family members and occasional help with transportation and errands. Volunteers are good listeners and are available to offer emotional support.

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