Asbury Hospice House celebrates one year of providing care for terminally ill patients and their families
Hattiesburg, Miss. (November 14, 2017) The Asbury Hospice House accepted its first patient one year ago today. This afternoon, employees, staff, and administration gathered to honor the occasion and celebrate the facility’s first anniversary.
“Since the facility opened in November of 2016, we have admitted 311 patients to the Asbury Hospice House. This facility has provided us the opportunity to care for these patients, offering them dignity in their final weeks and months, as well as giving comfort to their families. It is an honor to have been a part of these lives and very humbling to think of the patients and families we will serve in future,” said Melita Miller, director of Home Care and Hospice at Forrest General Hospital.
The Asbury Hospice House is located on South 40th Avenue near the Hattiesburg Post Office. The property is surrounded with pines and other native trees and plants and provides a peaceful environment for patients and those visiting with them. The hospice house offers a home-like setting where staff can address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and their family. The Asbury Hospice House is designed to provide for every aspect of care a family may need when facing the terminal illness of their loved one.
Hospice care is provided for those with a limited life expectancy and focuses on making patients as free of pain and comfortable as possible while improving their quality of life. Hospice staff members work hand-in-hand with palliative care nurses and physicians who focus on the unique needs of a patient facing a terminal illness. The Pine Belt has benefited from a facility like the Asbury Hospice House because it helps with those patients who need around-the-clock care but may not have caregivers who can provide that at home. For such patients, the hospice house is a beautiful place to spend their last weeks or days surrounded by family, friends and caring physicians and staff who are experts in hospice care. To learn more about the facility or inquire about care and treatment for a loved one, please call Forrest General Home Care and Hospice at 1-800-844-4663.