Differentiating the services provided by palliative care from services provided by hospice is a major challenge in our community. Therefore, we are pleased to share that Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley will now be doing business as Catawba Regional Hospice, and our Life Transitions program will stand visibly independent from hospice. The change better reflects the two distinct programs of care that are so often misunderstood by patients, family members, and the community in general. Even other health care providers struggle to distinguish palliative care from hospice services.
Catawba Regional Hospice provides hospice medical care, counseling, and spiritual support for anyone facing a life-limiting illness. In addition to serving patients in their homes and various facility settings in the community, we also provide 24-hour inpatient care as needed at our Catawba Valley Hospice House and our Sherrills Ford Hospice House. Our Center for Grief & Healing supports patients, family members, caregivers, and the wider community following the death of a loved one. Our service area has grown to include nine counties, and therefore the term “regional” more aptly describes our presence.
Life Transitions supports patients with the daily challenges of managing the symptoms of chronic illness, such as heart disease or COPD. Supplementing the efforts of a patient’s primary care physician, our Life Transitions staff educate patients and family members about many health care issues such as proper medication use, managing pain symptoms, exercise, and nutrition. The elements of this program ease anxiety and improve quality of life for patients and their families. Life Transitions serves patients at all stages of life.
Both Catawba Regional Hospice and Life Transitions share a commitment to provide the world-class quality this region deserves and has come to expect from us.