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    Hospice and Palliative Care

    Asbury Hospice Center

    When it's Time for Hospice

    Hospice can be thought of as a specific type of palliative care appropriate for those who have a life expectancy of less than six months. The primary goal of hospice care is to promote comfort, including alleviation of pain and other distressing symptoms. Palliative care can assist with life-limiting conditions, while the patient continues active treatment to combat that illness. Like hospice, palliative care can include pain management, help with understanding care towards the end of life, help at home, and emotional support for patients and for loved ones.

    Hospice is a special way of caring for the terminally ill and their caregivers. Focusing on the whole person and not the disease, Hospice strives to take care of the patient's physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, as well as the needs of the family. Hospice takes a team approach with each member of the team, offering a specific set of skills.

    Our Staff

    The special needs of a hospice patient require individualized attention from the hospice team which consists of an experienced interdisciplinary team of medical professionals who posses the knowledge and ability to provide superior care in any situation.

    • The patient's physician
    • Registered nurse
    • Social workers
    • Volunteer coordinator
    • Bereavement coordinator
    • Palliative Care coordinator
    • Medical director
    • Nurses' assistants
    • Pastoral counselor

    Hospice Services Include:

    Nursing Care

    A registered nurse continually evaluates a patient's needs, and works closely with them and their family to determine the best ways to meet these needs. Services include:

    • Health assessments/Palliative care
    • Catheter insertion
    • Wound and skin care
    • Ostomy care
    • Pain control/management
    • Teaching care management through proper use of diet, medications and comfort measures
    • Educating the patient and their family on the disease or disability to better help them meet their needs and cope with the illness

    Nursing Assistants

    The hospice nursing assistant provides support with personal care needs as appropriate to each individual patient. Nursing assistants, under the guidance of a registered nurse, assist with the patient's personal care needs, such as bathing, exercising and walking.

    Medical Social Services

    Hospice social workers assist in evaluating social and emotional factors that affect a patient's health. Services include:

    • Arranging services and assistance to meet the financial and social problems related to the illness
    • Advocating for the patient and caretaker to have as much control as possible over the patient's life and the choices that are made about their care
    • Counseling the patient and their family

    Pastoral Services

    Our hospice chaplain assists the patient and their family in their spiritual needs. Services include:

    • Visiting the patient and their family as often as needed upon request
    • Coordinating contact with the patient's and/or family's pastor, upon request

    Bereavement Support Services

    A bereavement coordinator arranges contact and support for the family for one year following the death of a loved one. Services include:

    • Individual and family counseling
    • Support to the bereaved family members
    • Coordinating referrals for persons with a complicated grief reaction
    • Adult bereavement support group
    Volunteer Services

    Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program. Each volunteer is specially trained in the hospice philosophy, goals and areas of care that are consistent with the tasks they perform. Services include:

    • Reading to patients
    • Visiting patients
    • Running errands
    • Spiritual support
    • Respite care
    • Office tasks

    Hospice Volunteer Application

    If you are interested in volunteering, please apply below.

    Apply Here

    Additional Services

    Additional services are available to patients to enhance their quality of life and quality of care while in hospice. Services include:

    Specialized care

    • Certified wound/ostomy/continence nurses are available for consultation on wound, skin and ostomy care.
    • Physical, occupational and speech therapy services are available for symptom control and to enable the patient to continue to perform activities of daily living and basic functional skills.
    • A registered dietitian is available to perform nutritional assessments and counseling for special problems or dietary requirements.
    • A pharmacist is available to assist the nurse in providing information on the patient's medication regime and to follow the status of symptom and pain control.


    • Hospice provides medications related to the terminal illness, including pain control and medication for symptom relief.
    • The patient and their caretaker are informed of any medication not covered by hospice during their admission appointment.

    Medical supplies

    • Hospice provides all medical supplies that are necessary for medical treatment, including syringes, catheters, wound dressings, linen savers or diapers.
    • Other supplies that are provided as needed are wheelchairs, oxygen, bedside commode chairs, hospital beds and nebulizers.




    Employment Policy: It is the policy of Forrest Health to recruit and select candidates for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity),
    religion, national origin, age, disability or other status protected by applicable federal or state statutes.

    A Board of Trustees appointed by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors is charged with the oversight of Forrest Health. The system is completely self supporting and does not operate on local taxes.
    Forrest Health facilities are approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for participation in Medicare and Medicaid Programs.