From our Facebook page
My Mother recently passed away at Estelle's House earlier this month. The Staff was amazing to her and all of our Family. These special people treated my Mom as if she were a personal friend, and made the process of dying dignified and respectful. I highly recommend Hospice of Marion County!
Barbara Riley O'Neill
Hospice of Marion County (west team) were beyond amazing. Their help and support in taking care of my husband was excellent. I cannot thank them enough for all that they did not only in helping my husband remain comfortable in his last days, but the comfort and support that they extended to me and our entire family was exceptional.
Martha Mittendorff Hunt Joslin
My parents, Chuck and Ursula Farro, wanted to reach out to the west ...team of Hospice of Marion County, Florida: Angelia, Tami, Petreice and Lisa. They did such an amazing job for my grandfather, Erich Tienes. The compassion and respect they showed was priceless. That's why we say the west team is the best team. God bless you all !!!!!
The East team is so special, thanks to Jennifer and Richard for being with us those last hours when our son passed. Love you all.
From a family:
Hospice of Marion County West Team took care of both my parents-in-law here at home. We had such a wonderful experience being shown love, compassion and respect! I know Mom and Dad felt it!
Everyone involved were so nice and polite, always keeping our needs at the forefront. I know I could not have done this without their help. They are all very special Angels!
Thank you so much.
The family of Richard and Donna Wilson
From our employees:
Being an employee of Hospice of Marion County, I see what goes on on the "inside.” There is so much compassion and caring put into everything that is done for each of our patients and their loved ones.
We strive for excellence in providing the very best care and then try to make it even better!
Donna Shaffer, Transitions Program Manager
Working in the Volunteer Department for Hospice of Marion County is great! We have a group of retired and still-working volunteers that lend their services to Hospice of Marion County in so many ways. From the Thrift Store to visiting with patients in any setting, our volunteers help us to provide the care that is needed.
I wouldn’t want to work any other place. The volunteers inspire me too!
Nancy La Selva, Volunteer Services Manager
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by Tammy Summers Wolff, MSW
The focus on individualized patient care at hospice thrills me. My job is rewarding and challenging at the same time. I never know what the day will bring, so I get to use all my previous work experience to face demanding patient and family issues with 360-degree awareness of what makes people tick and how I can make a difference. I see them as much more than patients; they are not defined by a disease. I feel cheated if a patient dies within two days of admission because I never got to know them as a person and I missed being able to give them something special as they faced the end of life.
A couple of years ago, I discovered my specialty as a hospice medical social worker: I am the Dream Maker! I work with people until I discover what it is that would warm their heart, make them smile or bring back a treasured memory. The first dream I fulfilled was for 102-year-old Hedy, who had owned horses since age 20. She didn’t want to ride again…she wanted to kiss a horse! A gentle racehorse named Risky was found. Being on the horse farm and petting the horse’s sleek brown nose was so overwhelming she lost the courage to pucker up. Ever the lady, Hedy was satisfied feeding him carrots and tickling his whiskers. Hedy’s dream-come-true received widespread attention when the Associated Press picked up the story. I believe that my dream-making inspired other hospices across the nation.
When people hear the word ‘hospice’ they think of death. While death is inevitable for most hospice patients, the special care actually extended our parents’ lives. My father’s prognosis was 3-6 months, but with the excellent care he received, he lived well over a year. This gave our family precious time to enjoy our dad and to prepare us for what was to come.
Many people don’t know enough about hospice to consider this option. We had 24/7 nurses and social workers; wonderful doctors made house calls; chaplains and home health aides were available as needed. It was truly a team effort giving us peace of mind knowing our dad was getting the best available care.
Dot & Larry Bedaw
My 94-year-old mother died on your hospice program after a difficult decline. Your “angels of mercy” reduced Mom’s suffering and helped her leave the confines of this world peacefully and with dignity. From the time they first visited our home, they were extremely dedicated and capable. They all said their work did not depress them, but rather uplifted them. We are so grateful to these compassionate professionals.
The Family of Angela Marino
Our dad was such a man of integrity and grace. This "final phase" was made possible by Hospice of Marion County when he was given less than six months to live. Our hearts sank as we tried to consider life without Dad. Would he need to be hospitalized or go to a nursing home? Could he be at home? So many questions.
We immediately turned to Hospice for help in sorting out the issues of ending a life with dignity. Before Dad left rehab, Hospice had developed a "care plan" in consultation with our family. Upon his arrival at home, we were set up with everything needed to help him get around within the home. Someone came twice a week to bathe him, and a nurse came weekly to "take his vitals" and spent time with us answering the myriad questions concerning his needs. She even provided us with hugs when needed.
Hospice showed us how to care for a person with dignity and to celebrate their life before they pass. Thank you, Hospice of Marion County, for helping another family.
My mother was a hospice patient under your care until her passing at the Oakhurst Nursing Center. During that time, I was extremely satisfied with and appreciative of the excellent and compassionate care she received from her nurse and her CNA. The nurse was on top of every aspect of her care and medical treatment and coordinated effectively with the doctor to ensure my mother received quality treatment that I know prolonged her life. I would also like to commend the other members of the hospice team who were always there for her. Again, let me say how much I am grateful for all that hospice has done to make my mother’s last three years as happy and comfortable as possible.
I thank you for all the beautiful materials I have received over the 6 months since my husband’s passing. I am on my way to recovery. Thank you for all your help in making my grief a little less of a burden to bear.
Beverly A. Reed
I speak for all my family and friends when I say we felt like we were all a part of “A Gathering of Angels” in the recent death of our mother. From the first visit at the hospital to everyone at Tuscany House, our fears and dismay was met with comfort and assurance that all was well. We were in good hands.
Please know “Hospice of Marion County” will always be sweet words to us. Thank you is so inadequate. If you ever need anyone to speak up for you, just call me. You are all wonderful.
Much love and God’s riches and Blessings to you all,
Joy Calhoun & Family