Lower Cape Fear Hospice, Inc.

Rating: 4.33 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health, Human Services

Location: 1414 Physicians Dr Wilmington NC 28401 USA

Mission: Lower Cape Fear Hospice provides professional health care and comfort to the those with a life limiting illness and offers hope, support and education to patients, their familes and the community.
Results: It has been our privilege and honor to have served more than 20,000 patients and their families in Southeast North Carolina over the last thirty years on life’s last journey.
Target demographics: Infants, children, and adults who face a life-limiting illness are hospice patients. Their disease diagnosis can include cancer, end-stage chronic illnesses such as lung, heart, and kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, strokes, ALS, and neurological diseases.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Infants, children, and adults who face a life-limiting illness are hospice patients.
Geographic areas served: Southeast North Carolina
Programs: Hospice End of Life Health Care; Palliative Care is health care for individuals of any age who have a chronic, life-limiting illness but are not ready for Hospice care; Two In-Patient Hospice Care Centers - Whiteville, North Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina; Grief and Bereavement Counseling for Adults; Sunrise Kids and Camp Sunshine Bereavement Counseling for Children.

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Rating: 1 stars  

When my mother was in the hospital in Wilmington. Hospice swooped into her hospital room like vultures. Neither my Mother nor our family had asked them to go there. I asked them what service they could offer that she was not already receiving. They could not/did not answer that question. I had to tell them to leave her room several times. They were very intrusive and agressive when they were not wanted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them respect the patient's wishes and cease trying to force their services onto families.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Dear Haven10419, We visit with a patient when a doctor has made a referral or a family member has asked us to visit. It is a difficult time for the family when a patient has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Our staff have great passion for our mission and truely believe no one should take the end of life journey alone. However, we also respect that everyone should choose how they wish to take this journey and if it is without our services this is the patient's decision and our staff is expected to respect that decision. Thank you for sharing your experience. I hope your mother has recovered and is doing well.

Rating: 5 stars  

Three years ago, my father in-law was admitted into Hospice of the lower cape fear. It really was my first experience with awaiting the passing of someone, much less a loved one. My family was treated with respect and love. They truly made sure that he was well taken care of and comfortable until the end. The environment was peaceful and full of love and care. I can never thank them enough for the gentleness, the sincerity and care that they displayed. It really felt as if they cared and it was not just about a pay check. They treated everyone as if they were a part of the family. They even provided refreshments for the visitors. May the Lord continue to bless them, keep them and cause His face to shine upon them.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been involved with Lower Caper Fear Hospice for over 8 years and have never once regretted the decision to be affiliated with this agency. Every day I see how the employees, volunteers, and board members work tirelessly and unselfishly to help the patient and the patient's family. They are truely Angels on Earth! I am very proud to be associated with such a high quality, caring organization who puts the needs of the patient and families first. I look forward to serving on the Board of Directors for many more years to come!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Employees caring for the mother of a couple of friends of mine in the Angel House.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I always wanted to have the time to volunteer with Hospice, and had that goal reconfirmed when my mother entered the hospice program. My family and I were so relieved working with these professional, caring personnal. My mother was more physically and psychologically comfortable and prepared for each stage in the dying process. It has been an honor for me to volunteer with three patients this year, and to sit vigil for several more patients. I highly recommend working with this wonderful organization and using their services should a need arise.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Increased awareness of the many needs of hospice, that depends on volunteers to stretch their dollars, and to give additional personal attention to hospice patients and their families.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Having an opportunity to work directly with patients who have no family to be their caretaker.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, knowledgeable and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand their services, staff, and facilities to more hospice-eligible patients in the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have known abou Lower Cape Fear Hospice for a long time as I am a retired Nurse. I had a brief encounter with Hospice in 2007 when my brother was very ill and passed away in the hospital, then in 2008 my father became very ill and wanted to stay at home to die. Hospice was very helful in making that happen and have been very supporative to my entire family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Greif couseling and in Community outreach programs

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ability to relax while my family member was under their care.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

like family and treated the patient the way God meant for us to treat each other

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have more inpatient beds but the staff could not get any better they are all wonderful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am one of the newer volunteers at Lower Cape Fear Hopice and Lifecare Center. My first experience with them was as a student nurse when I did a rotation at their facility. I was so impressed with not only the care provided, but with the philosophy of the organization, and the attitude and behaviors of the nursing and adjunct staff. Ultimately, I left there with a determination to become involved in hospice nursing, and I am currently working on an additional nursing degree to better qualify myself, and volunteering at this time to begin incorporating myself into this beautiful culture. I have met the most beautiful souls at the center, staff and volunteer alike. These are people who are driven by better things than money and power. They are driven by compassion and an unconditional love for their fellow humans, and a willingness to help hospice families in just about any conceivable way that they can, with absolutely no reward to themselves, save for that sense of fulfillment and purpose that is gained from unconditional giving. I am especially moved by the concept that the hospice patient is not just the person in the bed, but is inclusive of anyone who loves and cares for that person as well. Services are offered to family and children both during and after the dying experience of the primary patient, with a goal of adding love, spirituality, and enhanced coping to the entire patient group. So many people mistakenly believe that the utilization of hospice services represents the end of hope, and nothing could be further from the truth. Hospice care concerns itself with the comfort, dignity, and spiritual reconciliation of the primary patient, and with the expression of compassion and support, and the provision of guidance to the hospice family. I could go on for volumes, but in a nutshell, I can boldly state that I have never been more proud to be affiliated with such a noble cause, and with such warm and compasionate people.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My role as volunteer. I have received 15 hours of well planned training, served my first case last week, and am registered for additional training to qualify to perform special duties

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have yet to think of a thing I'd change, both as an RN, and as a volunteer. It's nursing at it's most spiritual, and it's volunteerism at it's most compassionate. The staff are incredibly special people, and volunteers are very well screened.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the most beautiful aspects of people, both at their strongest and their most challenged

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

diverse, very open about their feelings, very compassionate towards others, and very proud of what they do

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand programs to the hospice families, including counseling, workshops for coping skills, health maintenance, and education. Expand the facility, or build additional inpatient facilities.

Ways to make it better...

I'd started years ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The nursing shortage, and the public image of hospice in general. Too many people think of hospice as a "death" experience. Simply stated, we will all die either with or without hospice, but hospice can add quality to the experience

One thing I'd also say is that...

I lost my mother 7 years ago, before becoming a nurse, and my biggest regret, knowing what I know now, is that we didn't have hospice for her. What a difference it would have made both to her and our family.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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