How to Help Hospice

Each month I submit a column to educate and inform the reader how hospice may be helpful to them or their loved one. Hospice of Laurens County has served thousands of families in this area for the last 28 years. I am asking you to consider giving back to hospice. You may be asking yourself how you can help. Back in 1987 Hospice of Laurens County was the first hospice to open an office in the county and began serving patients. The hospice landscape has changed drastically over the years. Did you know that there are over 100 hospices in South Carolina? Nearly 30 are licensed to serve Laurens County. Many of the hospices are not local and may come from an hour away to provide care. Our agency has always served local needs with local employees. This is very important when providing quick response time and excellent patient care. Here are just a few ways you can help: • Volunteer-We appreciate our volunteers. Cake Bakers, musicians, administrative, patient interaction, meal preparation for families at the hospice house, fundraising projects such as Flight of the Dove, Butterfly Release, Gospel Concert. • Hospice Thrift Stores-Volunteers are always welcome at the Clinton and Laurens stores. We accept your donations and we offer a pick-up service as well. Please donate as well as shop at our stores. All proceeds benefit Hospice of Laurens County and our patients. • Watchman Program-Nearly 40 churches are involved in this outreach program. Watchman is a faith-based program and has a volunteer from that particular church who educates the congregation about the hospice benefit. Resources and educational materials are available for each church. • Giving and Estate Planning-As a not-for-profit organization Hospice of Laurens County relies on community support. Your immediate gift is very helpful as well as considering Hospice as part of your long term giving and estate planning. It has long been our mission to care for patients that qualify for hospice care regardless of their inability to pay. If you need assistance please contact me at Hospice of Laurens County. Our agency has resources available to help you with making health care decisions. Our office is located at 1304 Springdale Drive in Clinton. Our agency began in 1987 and has served thousands of patients over the past 28 years. We provide care wherever the patient calls home. Although the majority of our patients we serve live in Laurens County, we are licensed in 8 counties. Abbeville, Greenwood, Greenville, Spartanburg, Saluda, Laurens, Newberry and Union counties. Our clinical team is led by our Medical Director Patsy Sadler, M.D. Dr. Sadler and the hospice team are here to provide end-of-life care to our community. Hospice of Laurens County has the only inpatient unit in our county (the nearest is 45 minutes away). Most of the care is provided in the patient’s home but the hospice house is a wonderful place where the patient and the family can find peace and comfort. Please contact our office at 864-833-6287 when we can assist. Our website is www.hospiceoflaurenscounty.com. We are here to help. (Jay Wilson is executive director of Hospice of Laurens County.)

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