763 Hwy 28 Bypass, Suite 16 | Abbeville, SC 29620
Serving Abbeville and the Surrounding Communities
If you or a family member is experiencing a decline in health or has a life limiting illness, contact HomeBridge Hospice, a service of Abbeville Area Medical Center.
With a focus on quality of life, our compassionate and highly skilled team offers quality medical care as well as emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient and family – all in the comfort of home.
Hospice services are available to patients with any serious illness like cancer, heart disease or Alzheimer’s. HomeBridge Hospice can provide assistance at any stage of an illness, whether you live in a private residence, nursing home, assisted living facility or are a patient in the hospital.
HomeBridge Hospice is not a place you go, but a concept of care, that provides comfort and support when faced with life-limiting illness. Hospice care maintains dignity and understanding throughout a challenging time. Most importantly, hospice care enriches those final moments so dear to you and your loved ones.
HomeBridge Hospice strives to provide state-of-the-art, compassionate care for those affected by serious illness, grief and loss.
Deciding it’s time for hospice services is a difficult decision, but one that will provide peace of mind, comfort and quality of life not only to the patient, but also the family. It’s important to keep in mind that hospice is not just for the last few days of life. Anyone with a life expectancy of six months or less may be considered for admission. We encourage hospice as soon as comfort care versus curative care becomes necessary.
If it’s not quite time for hospice care, we can provide home health services through Health Related Home Care, our home health agency. Because we are a service of Abbeville Area Medical Center, if hospital or respite care is required we are just a phone call away from providing the necessary care, when it’s needed. And, because we are all in the same hospital system, the medical caregivers will be familiar with the patient’s healthcare needs no matter what service you are using.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice is compassionate support that allows families the opportunity to spend quality time with their loved one while adding an extra layer of uniquely specialized care during a medical crisis. It’s being able to keep the patient where they live, comfortable and pain-free, in the arms of those who care the most.
Hospice treats the person and symptoms of the disease, rather than the disease itself. It is a team of professionals working together to manage symptoms so that the patient’s last days can be lived as comfortably as possible, with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones. It is family-centered, including the patient and family in the decision-making process.
Hospice focuses on those who no longer benefit from medical treatment, or who choose to forgo treatment, for a terminal or incurable disease. Patients with conditions such as cancer, HIV, lung and heart disease, ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other terminal illnesses may benefit.
HomeBridge Hospice provides a seamless approach to hospice care. Because we are a service of Abbeville Area Medical Center, we make it easy to transition from home health, to in-home hospice, to inpatient hospital care should it be necessary.
- Routine Home Care – Provided in a private home, assisted living community, skilled nursing or long-term care facility, or other residential setting.
- General Inpatient Care – Provided for pain control or other acute symptom management that cannot feasibly be provided at home.
- Respite Care – Provides relief for the patient’s primary caregiver allowing for personal time, errands, appointments or vacation.
- Continuous/Crisis Care – Provided continuously to manage any uncontrollable symptoms that allows the patient comfort at home during a pain or symptom crisis
Your Care Team…
Your HomeBridge Hospice caregivers are an interdisciplinary team of professionals led by a Medical Director, who provide physical, clinical and emotional support to both the patient and family. They will create an individualized, patient-focused care plan to provide the support and guidance necessary to address the patient’s specific needs.
Your team includes:
- Medical Director – A Physician who leads the interdisciplinary team in the development of an individual care plan, assesses patient needs, manage symptoms and prescribes treatment.
- Registered Nurse – Provides an open line of communication with the physician and assists with assessment, planning and evaluation of family and patient needs, coordinates team visits to ensure implementation of the approved plan of care and coordinates care with the attending physician, primary caregiver and hospice staff.
Certified Nursing Assistant – Assists with the day to day needs of the patient and family whether it is dressing, feeding, bathing, light housework or providing companionship and provides comfort measures and emotional support to the patient and family.
- Social Worker – Coordinates necessary community resources, assesses the emotional, social, spiritual and financial needs of patient and family, develops a plan of care to meet the identified needs, provides bereavement support.
- Chaplains – Our Chaplains offer spiritual support and counseling for all faiths. They collaborate with the patient’s spiritual leader to ensure all wishes are respected and religious affiliations are honored.
- Volunteers – Our volunteers offer caregivers the gift of free time to take care of daily duties or simply take a break. Volunteers provide companionship to the patient and respite for the caregiver, including friendly visits, reading to patients or writing letters, light housekeeping and meal preparation
Who Is Eligible?
Eligibility for hospice care depends on the specific illness and life expectancy of the patient. HomeBridge Hospice’s disease-specific programs are designed to alleviate pain and symptoms while providing the comfort care that allows quality time with your loved one.
Quick Care Checklist
It may be time to consider hospice if your family member has experienced one or more of the following:
• Diagnosis of a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less
• No plans for further aggressive or curative treatments
• Frequent trips to the hospital/emergency room
• Loss of weight
• Frequent falls
• Rapid decline of health
• Deteriorating cognitive/mental abilities
• Incontinence of bowl or bladder
• Frequent or recurrent infections
• Two or more life-threatening conditions
Is Hospice Care covered by insurance?
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies, but don’t let financial concerns keep you from calling us. We are here to help.
Make a Gift
Gifts made to HomeBridge Hospice are used to give comfort to those who are coping with terminal illness, death & grief regardless of their ability to pay. Programs that reunite patients with loved ones, fulfill final wishes & assist with the mounting bills terminal illness can sometimes bring are provided through this fund. Hospice related education & other services are also made possible. If you would like to make a gift that will provide comfort, celebrate love & remember life, make checks payable to HomeBridge Hospice & mail to: 763 Highway 28 Bypass, Suite 16, Abbeville, SC 29620 or click <<here>> to make a donation online.
Are you looking to make a difference in our community through volunteer opportunities? At HomeBridge Hospice, volunteers play an invaluable role in bringing comfort and support to those in need and are incredibly vital to our team. Whether they’re being present with a patient or helping behind the scenes with administrative tasks, volunteers help create trusting bonds and meaningful memories for hospice patients and their loved ones.