Hospice Care

Hospice care is a specialized type of care for patients facing life-limiting illnesses. Coastal Hospice provides compassionate, personalized medical care & end-of-life support for terminally ill patients, their families and their caregivers throughout Saint Simons Island, Dublin, Hazlehurst and the surrounding Golden Isles.

Hospice Care

How Hospice Works

STAY in the comfort of your own home, wherever home may be. We serve patients in both private homes and long-term care facilities. We can also meet patients’ hospice needs in a hospital setting.

FOCUS on what matters most. Our compassionate hospice care team will create a plan of care designed to meet your unique physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual needs, allowing you and your loved ones to focus on spending time together.

LIVE your best life. Hospice is about living, about the quality of everyday life. Find comfort in the compassion and expertise available from our hospice care team 24 hours a day.

A Different Kind of Care

Hospice care is a specialized type of care for patients facing life-limiting illnesses. It was first described by Cicely Saunders, who lived in Great Britain and spent her days caring for terminally ill patients. Her years of experience led her to develop a concept called “total pain,” which recognized that the pain felt by a patient facing death is never only physical.

Saunders believed terminally ill patients experience multifaceted pain that is physical, emotional and spiritual. She believed patient care for people with terminal diagnoses should be multifaceted, as well. The modern-day idea of hospice care is built upon this concept of comprehensive care for individuals facing end of life.

Today, hospice care addresses not only the physical and medical needs of patients with serious illnesses, but also the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of those patients. Physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and volunteers work together to provide hospice care, which is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans.

In-Home Hospice Care

One of the primary benefits of hospice care is that patients can be treated where they live. In-home hospice care is designed to meet patients’ needs wherever they reside.

Coastal Hospice’s team of professionals work to meet our patients’ physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs in the comfort of their own homes. Home for a hospice patient may be a personal residence, a loved one’s home, a long-term care facility or an assisted living unit.

Our nurses and hospice aides provide care designed to manage patients’ symptoms, keeping them as comfortable and pain-free as possible so they can make the most of every day. Meanwhile, our licensed social workers and chaplains provide emotional support and spiritual counseling to patients and their loved ones.

Physical, occupational and speech therapists serve patients as directed by their physicians as part of their individual plans of care, and registered dietitians are also available as needed.

Expert Care at the Highest Level

Each member of our patient care team is experienced in providing compassionate, responsive care to our patients. At Coastal Hospice, our goal is to increase physical comfort, manage symptoms, decrease physical pain, promote emotional well-being and ensure spiritual peace.

To ensure the highest quality of patient care, Coastal Hospice employs physicians specially trained in hospice and palliative medicine. Our nurses, social workers, chaplains, and aides are all trained in the unique model of hospice care, as well.

Hospice Care Wherever You Call Home

Coastal Hospice provides services directly to patients in their homes—wherever home may be.

Private Residence or Group Home

Independent Living, Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Facilities

Acute Hospital, Long-Term Acute Care Hospital or Rehab Hospital

Your Remarkable Hospice Team

Who Makes Up Your Hospice Care Team?

Items and Services Covered by Hospice

All medications related
to the hospice diagnosis

All Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

Most, if not all, of the patient’s
supplies

How Our Team Helps

We believe living with a life-limiting illness does not have to mean suffering with pain, fear, anxiety, frequent ER visits and other struggles. The Coastal Hospice team provides expert pain and symptom management as well as psychosocial and spiritual care. We have specialized experience caring for patients with complex terminal diagnoses with the utmost compassion and empathy.

Caring for patients with compassion is our top priority. Our team is made of experts who can help to manage symptoms including:

  • Pain/discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Edema/water retention
  • Frequent falls
  • Shortness of breath
  • Recurrent infections
  • Difficulty sleeping

Payer Source

Hospice is covered at 100% by the Medicare Part A Hospice Benefit and the Medicaid Hospice Benefit. Services are also covered by many private insurances.

Hospice Locations

Coastal Hospice is made up of multiple experienced teams and care locations that work closely with the patient, their loved ones and their facility care providers. We have partnered with select care facilities where we have deep experience that uphold our standards of excellence in patient care.

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Compassion in Action

Bereavement Care and Grief Support

Hospice care doesn’t end with a patient’s passing. Services for the patient are stopped at that time; however, bereavement care for loved ones is provided for up to 13 months after the death of the patient.

The Coastal Hospice Bereavement Coordinator and chaplains are specially trained in helping patients and their loved ones as they begin to process their grief. Our chaplains are available to patients as they face the end of life. Chaplains help patients talk freely about and process their feelings. Chaplains are also available to help patients “settle any unfinished business”— such as making amends with a friend or family member or settling any spiritual issues.

Virtual Grief Support

The compassionate team at Coastal Hospice believes in putting compassion into action. Our chaplains are still available during the pandemic via online virtual support. Chaplains can meet with patients and their loved ones through platforms such as Zoom, Google Meetups, Skype, etc.

Counseling Services

When loved ones are grieving, having the ability to talk about their feelings is imperative. At Coastal Hospice, our Bereavement Coordinator, chaplains and grief counselors work together to provide counseling and grief care to loved ones of our patients who have passed away. Our team also works with those experiencing anticipatory grief—the feelings associated with the anticipation of loss.

The family and friends of patients are welcome to talk with our chaplains and grief counselors. They are also invited to participate in our support groups and online bereavement initiatives.

Counseling Services

When loved ones are grieving, having the ability to talk about their feelings is imperative. At Coastal Hospice, our Bereavement Coordinator, chaplains and grief counselors work together to provide counseling and grief care to loved ones of our patients who have passed away. Our team also works with those experiencing anticipatory grief—the feelings associated with the anticipation of loss.

The family and friends of patients are welcome to talk with our chaplains and grief counselors. They are also invited to participate in our support groups and online bereavement initiatives.

Ongoing Support

Our compassionate care doesn’t end with the passing of a patient. Instead, we offer our patients’ loved ones continued support. We want to check on them, provide grief support and bereavement care, and invite them to our grief support groups. These bereavement services can be especially meaningful during holiday seasons.

We also hold memorial services twice a year to honor those patients who have passed away, and loved ones are always welcome to join us and be a part of the service.

Compassionate Bereavement Care

“Grief is a natural part of life. It is a natural response to the loss of someone we love. As unique as the person we loved and lost, so is our grief journey. We will walk with you along this part of your journey as well. We are never more than a phone call or a text message away.”

Gwen, Bereavement Counselor