Families facing a terminal prognosis for their child are faced with an impossible choice: to continue treatments—grasping at any hope for a cure even when those treatments cause their own pain and devastation, or give up hope for a cure and focus on comfort care and pain management. Nothing can take away the agony of … More Giving Children Control in Their Care Choices
Gilchrist volunteers come from all walks of life, have different spiritual beliefs and experiences, and range in age from 18 to 92. Many of them have lost loved ones who were cared for by Gilchrist. Some are students who will eventually provide care to individuals nearing the end of their life. Others are drawn to … More 7 Qualities That Make Gilchrist Volunteers Special
Leah Szmidt was a Holocaust survivor who lost an eye in the bombings at the end of World War II. She loved to cook, loved to sing and loved her family. When Leah became seriously ill, she and her family turned to Gilchrist’s Jewish Hospice program, where they received care from a team of health … More Daughters Grateful for Mom’s Jewish Hospice Care from Gilchrist
Family members and patients can call Gilchrist’s Nurse Helpline any time, day or night, 365 days a year. A triage nurse is always available to answer the call and get them the help they need either over the phone or by getting in touch with their hospice team. During the day, the triage nurse can … More Did You Know that a Gilchrist Nurse is Available to Families 24/7?
All too often, palliative care is compared to hospice care. While there are some aspects of palliative care and hospice care that are similar, they are very different. Which one is right for you? … More Could Palliative Care Be Right for You?
Gilchrist now offers day-long grief retreats for individuals seeking to recharge themselves and learn new ways to relate to their grief. A grief retreat may seem counterintuitive at first: why would someone want to spend a day focusing on what is most troubling and painful? Wouldn’t it be better to stay busy and distracted, keeping … More Grief Retreats: Why Focusing On Our Grief Can Be Healing
When you hear the name Gilchrist, you might immediately think of hospice. But one of the most helpful services Gilchrist offers is pre-hospice medical care for seniors with serious illness. Gilchrist Elder Medical Care is a much-needed service for those who have difficulty traveling to doctors’ appointments and for whom treatment is becoming less effective. … More Elder Medical Care Helps Seniors Remain in Their Homes
Through Gilchrist’s Care Counseling service, anyone in the community can reach a trained care navigator to receive support, guidance and help in understanding their options for care—either for themselves or a loved one with serious illness. Since its inception in October 2017, the care navigation center has received over 10,000 calls. For every caller, our … More Care Navigators: Listening to Your Needs and Connecting You to Services
Grief counseling is not a job that most people would seek. It’s challenging and is one that can either lead to very interesting dinner conversation or can shut down a conversation almost immediately. Most often I get asked, “How can you do that?” and “Isn’t it depressing?” But in my view, grief counseling is not … More Helping People Heal After a Loss
In honor of National Nursing Assistants Week, we want to recognize our nursing staff and hospice aides for their hard work and dedication. Below is a reflection on life as a hospice aide. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! As a kid, … More Why ‘Hospice Aide’ Was the Perfect Job for Me