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?
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
Namaste (Nah-mas-tay) My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one. ─Author unknown When I reflect on … More ‘Namaste’ on World Diversity Day
Gilchrist was certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®. Gilchrist earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by employees in anonymous surveys. … More Gilchrist Named Great Place to Work®
Before my counseling internship with Gilchrist, I felt well prepared to address the diverse range of concerns that were introduced by my clients, but admittedly became paralyzed when assigned to counsel a middle-aged woman who suddenly and unexpectedly lost her husband. Whether it was the culture in which I lived or my own history of … More What I Learned About Death and Loss During My Gilchrist Internship
Gilchrist nurses Karen Bartosz and Renee Ennis were named “Top Nurses” in Baltimore magazine’s 2018 “Excellence in Nursing” issue. A panel of experienced nurse advisors sifted through hundreds of nominations to select the top 50 nurses in 21 specialties in the Baltimore Metro area. Karen and Renee were selected as winners in the Hospice/Home Health/Palliative … More Gilchrist Nurses Among Baltimore’s Best
Every day, I work with volunteers who selflessly give of themselves to support families when they are at their most vulnerable. Many of Gilchrist’s volunteers have had a personal experience with Elder Medical Care or Hospice Care and have turned their pain into purpose—it’s an honor to work with each and every one of them. … More National Volunteer Week: Recognizing Gilchrist Volunteers
You may have read in the news that former First Lady Barbara Bush decided to forego medical treatment in favor of ‘comfort care.’ But some of the headlines are misleading. With comfort care—which includes hospice and palliative care—patients continue to receive medical treatment, but the goal of the treatment shifts from curing the disease to … More Does Comfort Care Mean Giving Up Treatment?
Just when you thought you’d met your most important deadline for April 16, I’m here to tell you about another one: National Healthcare Decisions Day, or NHDD. NHDD is an annual initiative to encourage us all to consider, document, and communicate our wishes regarding our healthcare, that is, to do advance care planning and prepare … More National Healthcare Decisions Day