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

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

A safe place to nest

Monica Hastings walked into Gilchrist Center Baltimore – Joseph Richey House to interview for an open nursing position and stayed for hours, captivated by the warmth and simple charm of a place she had never seen before that day. The residential hospice center would soon become her second home, a place where she could care … More A safe place to nest

2015 National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

During this National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and every month of the year, Gilchrist remains focused on our present and our future. We remain focused on providing the finest care through the end of life – care that is individually tailored to the wants and needs of each patient and family. And we remain focused on exploring new ways to enhance and expand our care, to improve the lives of all those we are privileged to care for. … More 2015 National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Thank you social workers – March is Social Work Month

According to the National Association of Social Workers, there are over 600,000 professional social workers in the United States. Gilchrist Hospice Care proudly staffs 29 social workers who make a difference in the lives of our patients and families every day. Often of our support staff says “they’re very passionate about hospice” and “they’ve discovered being … More Thank you social workers – March is Social Work Month

November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

We would like to recognize and thank all the dedicated staff and volunteers at Gilchrist Hospice Care for their commitment to providing the finest care through the end of life. We would also like to recognize and thank all of you, our dedicated and supportive community, for helping Gilchrist become who we are today. We have … More November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Mourning the Death and Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

Today the world mourns the death and celebrates the life of Nelson Mandela. When South African President Jacob Zuma announced Mandela’s death, he reported that Mandela died “peacefully,” surrounded by family. “We’ve lost our greatest son. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” Zuma said. For those of us … More Mourning the Death and Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

Looking ahead

There’s so much to do…and so little time.  Happy 2013!  It feels like yesterday that we were buying and storing bottled water, working with our IT colleagues and praying that our computer systems would be able to handle the changing of a century.  To think that 13 years have already passed is mind-boggling.  At Gilchrist … More Looking ahead