To meet the many needs of those with advancing illness, we strive to provide the most comprehensive care available in Marion County. We have expanded our services with a pre-hospice program called Transitions. It’s free and open to those who may wish to pursue treatment options for their condition. Take the quiz to see if it’s right for you.
Transitions is a professionally managed, volunteer-based support system provided in the comfort of your home, assisted living facility, nursing home or wherever you call home. Designed to assist those challenged by an advancing illness, our program is available to Marion County residents at no charge.
Specially trained staff members help ensure that you understand and are able to coordinate your medical care plan. We can also advise you about additional resources to enhance your quality of life.
Our specially trained staff and volunteers donate their time to provide supportive services to clients and their families, such as:
An important part of the Transitions program is the companionship, assurance and support that are so vital to those facing complex issues relating to their illness, treatment and outcomes.
The Transitions staff provides case management services to identify client and family needs and offers resources to fulfill those needs through volunteers, referrals and links to community agencies. This service increases the likelihood that Transitions clients will receive appropriate medical and non-medical services from their community providers. Community medical and non-medical providers also benefit from the monitoring services that Transitions offers. This unique program increases client communication with caregivers and facilitates networking between providers to enhance quality end-of-life care.
Transitions services are available at no charge. Anyone with a life-limiting illness is eligible. Services are provided to patients in their own home, nursing home or assisted living facility. For information about the Transitions program, contact Donna Shaffer at 352-854-5200 for details.
Since its inception in 2001, Transitions has grown from a handful of clients to more than 175 as of the first of October 2016.
As a free program of Hospice of Marion County, Transitions provides assistance to those with life-altering illnesses who are not yet hospice-appropriate.
Manager Donna Shaffer, right, and caseworker Patty Mercado, BSW, offer professional management, community resources and volunteers to support their clients.
The compassionate and comprehensive scope of Transitions received a Merit Award from Mature Media, a national organization specializing in programs that improve the care of seniors. Transitions is a shining star in the breadth of services offered by Hospice of Marion County.
What is Transitions?
The Transitions program provides emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are coping with a life-limiting illness.
Transitions provides support—from listening to assistance with community resources—for the special needs arising from a serious illness.
Who does Transitions serve?
Transitions is available for individuals who choose to pursue curative treatment or palliative care, and for those who don't want or don't qualify for hospice care.
What does it cost?
There is no charge for services provided by Transitions. The program is funded by donations.
Why do we use volunteers?
Transitions recognizes that volunteerism is the cornerstone of its services to clients and families. A core group of volunteers is specially trained to assist in the most effective and skillful manner possible.
Transitions provides support assistance. The manager lends help by providing: a listening ear, information about area services, help understanding confusing events, options and choices, periodic visits, phone check-in calls, and a connection with a trained volunteer.
The Transitions volunteer may provide: companionship, emotional support, help doing errands, and respite for caregivers.
Why might I contact Transitions?
It can be confusing to know where to turn for help when coping with a serious illness and all the changes it brings. It is not unusual to feel hopeful one minute and discouraged the next. We realize that asking for help may be difficult for many people, so it may take some courage to do so.
We often hear comments like these:
“Since I have been on this new medication, the days seem so long. I am feeling lonely, but I don't want to bother my daughter at work. I would very much like to talk with someone else."
“My mother needs care 24 hours a day. It would be so helpful to have someone sit with her for a few hours so I could take a break. Then I can take better care of her.”
No one needs to feel alone. We’re here to help. Just call.
Caregiver Support Group meets on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 11 am-1pm. Bring your lunch; coffee & dessert are on us. 2017 Tuesday dates are Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug 8, Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14 & Dec 19. 2017 Thursday dates are Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug 3, Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2 & Dec 7.
The Elliott Center 3231 SW 34th Avenue Ocala, FL 34474. RSVP to Donna or Martha (352) 854-5200. Download a flyer to share.
Financial gifts from the community and volunteer workers make Transitions possible.
Learn more about how you can become a volunteer. We appreciate your support, either through donations or your work as a volunteer.
Contact Donna Shaffer at 352-854-5200 for details.
Transitions is a program operated by Hospice of Marion County, Inc.