Hospice of Davidson County Community Education

Community Education

Understanding Hospice Care and other Educational Topics of Interest

The focus of Hospice Care is to alleviate symptoms, promote comfort, and improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family members involved in end-of-life care. Through Community Education, our goal is to help inform people about our service offering.

Hospice isn’t a place – It is a specialized type of care. Hospice of Davidson County provides this specialized care in a variety of settings including private homes, long- term care facilities and at the county’s only inpatient hospice program – The Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House.

When curative treatments are no longer an option, or when the patient no longer wishes to continue treatment, Hospice Care can bring comfort and peace.

How are referrals made?

Physicians, family members, neighbors, friends, faith leaders, and patients themselves can make referrals to Hospice of Davidson County.

Hospice Care is right for anyone with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less. Life-limiting illnesses include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, dementia, kidney disease, liver disease, and any other illness or disease that is diagnosed as being terminal.

Once a referral is made, our skilled assessment team will contact the patient to explain hospice services and make an appointment for an admissions assessment.

At the admissions assessment, a registered nurse will talk with the patient and family to learn more about their goals of care. Patients who are appropriate for Hospice services will then begin receiving customized services.

To make a referral or for more information, call 336-475-5444.

Community Education Opportunities

Hospice of Davidson County offers educational and outreach opportunities to connect residents of Davidson County with our services.

Below is a list of the current topics offered. Topics can also be customized for a particular audience.

  • Blessing of the Hands. Recognizing and blessing those who care for others.
  • Are You Traveling Without a Road Map? Healthcare Decision Making and Planning. Understanding the importance of healthcare decision-making and making your wishes known.
  • Overview of Hospice Care. Everything you wanted to know about Hospice Care and end of life.
  • Grief, Loss and Caring for the Caregiver. Recognizing the importance of the caregiver and how to manage grief, loss and the caregiver.
  • Meaning-Making at End of Life. Understanding communication as end of life approaches.
  • When Hospice Might Be An Option. Recognizing the signs of when hospice care could be beneficial.
  • End-of-Life Nutrition. Understanding the choices about eating and drinking at end of life. Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Hospice Care. Learning how Hospice Care can help with this unique terminal illness.
  • Faith – Health Connection. Understanding the spiritual component of health and well-being.

Hospice of Davidson County has served our community for more than 3 decades.

Our strong ties to our communities means we know our communities better than any other Hospice provider.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a specialized type of health care that is delivered by our own physicians, nurses, Hospice aides and social workers. Many patients and families also choose to include additional team members such as a spiritual counselor, grief counselor, and a volunteer.