At Agapé Hospice, we provide a loving faith-based environment that offers compassionate end of life care to individuals and their families. We understand the challenges that come with having a loved one with a terminal illness, and we want to help. Selecting quality hospice care is necessary for maintaining patient quality of life. This also eases your concerns as a patient or caregiver.
We encourage you to learn more about the wonderful benefits of choosing us as your hospice partner.
Hospice care focuses on the needs and well being of those with a terminal illness, regardless of the type of disease. Unlike a hospital, which focuses on the treatment of the disease, hospice focuses on the patient as a person. Furthermore, helping them live comfortably. Not only do we help with caregiver tasks, such as feeding, and bathing, we also provide emotional and spiritual support.
Dear Patients, Family Members, Caregivers, Healthcare Partners and Community Members –
We wanted make sure you are aware of the precautions we are taking across the Hospice Care of South Carolina and Agapé Hospice network in response to the COVID-19 situation.
Our team continues to proactively implement infection control practices as we follow guidelines from both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We are closely monitoring patients for COVID-19 symptoms.
We have clinical protocols in place in the event a patient tests positive for COVID-19. We also have alternative staffing plans to respond to any situations where our clinical team members may be affected. Our team has also purchased additional supplies and has secured medication in the event there are shortages.
For our inpatient hospice houses, we are limiting visitation hours and restricting visitors who are ill. If you have any symptoms of illness, we recommend postponing a visit to your loved one at this time to protect them and the other residents.
The safety and care of our patients is our top priority. We have taken extra measures to prepare for COVID-19 and continue to monitor the situation daily. As the situation evolves, our practices may change accordingly.
If you have any follow-up questions regarding our preparedness procedures, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, here are some additional resources that may be helpful to you:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/COVID19
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control: https://www.scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting many families and is also taxing our healthcare system. To do our part, Columbia Community Hospice House has leveraged our clinical team’s knowledge and experience with infection control protocols to set-up our inpatient hospice house to help care for COVID-19 patients.
In March, CMS issued guidance that:
“Patients whose symptoms are exacerbated by COVID-19 and cannot be adequately managed in the home setting, should be transferred to a hospice inpatient unit.”
The COVID-19 care team at Columbia Community Hospice House has received additional training related to infection control. The team is following both CDC and Department of Health and Environmental Control guidelines and is fully stocked with the appropriate screening tools and personal protective equipment (PPE).
If I defined Hospice it would be the ability to be comfortable in an otherwise normally uncomfortable setting.