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Business Spotlight is Shining on Columbus Hospice

Mar 13, 2024 12:01PM ● By Desi Phillips

This month Chattahoochee Valley Living is shining our business spotlight on Columbus Hospice. Columbus Hospice is the only non-profit hospice in our area. Established in 1979 and they took in their first patient in 1981. They’ve been serving the Chattahoochee Valley area going on 43 years.

Columbus Hospice has the only inpatient Hospice House in the area, a 25-bed facility. The Hospice House is not designed for “Residential Care”. The majority of their patients are cared for at home by the hospice team, along with family members. When the family needs a break, a patient may come into the Hospice House for up to five days of Respite Care. 

The goal of Columbus Hospice is to partner with families to assist with care at home, or in long term care facilities. They aim to keep beds in the Hospice House available for Respite and General Inpatient patients, as needed.

Anyone can make a referral to Columbus Hospice. If you aren’t sure if someone you love could benefit from their services, you are encouraged to call their admissions team. You can reach them at 706-569-7992. 

You might be wondering what services does a patient on Columbus Hospice service receive?  Here is a list that will help you understand what is available to you and your family. 

·        Physician Services – A Hospice MD and NP work in collaboration with the patient’s Primary Care Physician.

·        RN Care, including 24/7 On-Call Nursing Staff – RN will visit patients routinely, manage medications, and communicate with MD and other Team Members.

·        Social Workers to assist with financial needs, end-of-life planning, and social and emotional support.

·        Chaplains provide spiritual support according to each patient’s own practices and beliefs.

·        CNAs for personal care activities, such as bathing, etc.

·        Bereavement Counselors who offer grief support and assist family members through the mourning and readjustment process.

·        Volunteers to provide support in a number of ways, to include shopping, sitting with patient, Veteran to Veteran visits, assistance with pets, etc.

·        Medications are provided for relief of symptoms related to each patient’s hospice diagnosis. The RN and MD will review and manage these routinely. 

Chattahoochee Valley Living salutes the men and women who work and volunteer at Columbus Hospice for their dedication, compassion and excellence, enhancing the quality of life for those living with serious illnesses.