Tending to the Spiritual Needs of Patients With Dementia

Dedera Baker writes about her experience as a Gilchrist chaplain in honor of Pastoral Care Week, which celebrates the practice of spiritual care through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling. What I have learned most about being a hospice chaplain is that, at the end of life, what divides us seems to disappear. In the face … More Tending to the Spiritual Needs of Patients With Dementia

She Sings to People to Make Them Feel Better

The last time I blogged about music therapy was shortly after the program at Gilchrist began in the fall of 2012. Rereading that reflection has inspired me to share some thoughts since starting the music therapy program six years ago. When I first arrived at Gilchrist, my practice was met with an array of reactions, … More She Sings to People to Make Them Feel Better

Join Us at Gilchrist’s Taste of Howard County

As the general manager of Turf Valley Resort, a family-owned business in Howard County, it has always been important to me and my family to be good corporate citizens. As such we try to support the many good causes, organizations and events here in the county—many of which are held at Turf Valley Resort. Gilchrist’s … More Join Us at Gilchrist’s Taste of Howard County

Finding the Good Days: Pediatric Cancer

A diagnosis of pediatric cancer is a devastating blow to children and their families. Fortunately, pediatric cancer treatment has come a long way in the last 20 years, and many childhood cancers have treatments, cures and the likelihood of a long, healthy life after treatment. Sadly, though, there are certain cancers for which a cure … More Finding the Good Days: Pediatric Cancer

The Importance of Naming a Health Care Decision Maker

Wouldn’t you assume that your next of kin—your spouse, your adult children or your closest relative—could make health care decisions for you in the event you could no longer make your own?  Most of the time, you would be right. But in my experience as a hospice physician, decision-making at the end of life is … More The Importance of Naming a Health Care Decision Maker

Run With Us to Support Gilchrist Center Baltimore

For over 30 years, Gilchrist Center Baltimore has provided compassionate, end-of-life care to residents of Baltimore City. Many of our patients have been medically or socially underserved, homeless or without an able caregiver. Regardless of their circumstances, people can come to Gilchrist Center Baltimore and receive excellent care in a home-like environment. Gilchrist offers care … More Run With Us to Support Gilchrist Center Baltimore

Giving Children Control in Their Care Choices

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

7 Qualities That Make Gilchrist Volunteers Special

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