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
It’s hard to believe that it’s been two decades since Gilchrist, then known as Hospice of Baltimore, began providing the finest in end of life care for terminally ill patients in Central Maryland. Back then, we cared for a handful of patients, at most, in their homes at any given time. And back then, the … More Happy 20th Anniversary Gilchrist Hospice Care
A patient with early-onset Dementia had been referred for music therapy. This patient was a wife and grandmother. As the patient began a steady decline including memory loss, the inability to interact, significant weight loss, and loss of ability to care for self, her family was no longer able to care for her and the … More Part 2: Music therapy: I’m here and I’m listening
Many family members and patients aren’t aware that hospice services can be made available to residents in nursing homes. Hospice focuses on comfort and support and allows patients to remain in a familiar setting – whether in a nursing home, in a residential care facility or transitioning to home. Here are some questions and comments … More Hospice care in a nursing home?
Prior to working for Gilchrist Hospice Care I worked for 30 years in hospitals and home care. My background is Respiratory Care and I thought I knew what hospice was when Gilchrist hired me a little over 3 years ago. It quickly became obvious I had very little knowledge about hospice care. I have tried to outline … More FICTION or FACT – The truth about hospice
Gilchrist Hospice Care serves the Central Maryland community–Baltimore City and Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties. Hospice care can be provided in a variety of settings: at home, in a nursing or group home, in an assisted or independent living facility, in a retirement or long-term care facility, at Gilchrist Center in Towson or Gilchrist Center … More Where is hospice care provided?
Hospice care is appropriate for anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness whose life expectancy is measured in months rather than years and where the primary goal has shifted to comfort-oriented care. Hospice care is provided to individuals diagnosed with: • cancer • end-stage heart and lung disease • kidney disease • ALS and other neurological … More When is Hospice Care Appropriate?