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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Health Systems, Counseling, Health, Hospices, Human Services, Mental Health

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.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is like having Angels in your pocket. In 2008, my father had terminal cancer. The nurse was absolutely fantastic. It was hard living 700 miles away, but Lower Cape Fear Hospice was right there to assist. Last year, 2015, we called them again since my mother had congestive heart failure. Again, the nurse and aid we had were true Angels. I cannot praise them enough for the concern, treatment, and love they gave. Unfortunately we lost our mom in December. I would not hesitate to contact them again.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

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lcfh 10/02/2014

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.