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Hospice of West Alabama Inc

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Causes: Hospices, Human Services

Mission: Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) provides support and care for persons in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and as comfortable as possible. HOWA recognizes dying as part of the normal process of living and focuses on maintaining the quality of life. Hospice affirms life, and neither hastens nor postpones death. It is a coordinator program of palliative and supportive services provided in both home and inpatient settings, which provides for a physical, psychological, social and spiritual care for dying persons and their families.

Programs: Hospice provides a mulit-disciplinary program of care in the final stages of a terminally ill patients' life and support for the family. The organization offers both in-patient and out-patient services. Approximately 70-80 patients receive care per day. Expenses include direct medical care costs including; drugs, medical supples, nursing care, social workers and chaplains.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 1

The perception was far from the reality. The hospice 'visits" were little more than that - take temp, blood pressure, and make small talk with family. My parent suffered and they did nothing to offer relief. I regret their involvement. They took an already heart-breaking situation for my family and made it worse.

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Melinda20 10/14/2014

dcsav, I apologize that your experience with Hospice of West Alabama was unsatisfactory. It would be extremely beneficial for our agency, patients, & families if we knew more about your particular experience. Please contact our office at 205-523-0101 or online at www.hospiceofwestalabama.com to discuss your concerns. It is our goal to provide the best possible care, and we hope that you will share more details with us so that we may improve our quality of care.

Dona A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hospice of West Alabama is such a blessing to anyone that comes there. Be it for your love one, or a friend. These men an women are truly Angels to all. They have hot meals for all to share, cold or hot drinks. They go above all expectation! I have never felt so loved and well cared for. Thank you for all you do! Dona Faye Amerson

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is such a joy to be part of the HOWA family as a Chaplain. We consider it a privilege and an honor to serve our patients and their families, and each day is filled with blessings. The staff is dedicated, professional, and compassionate, and that is reflected in the excellent care we bring to the community. The love and care the staff provides for each other creates one of the best working environments I have ever experienced. Thank you, HOWA and West Alabama!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hospice of West Alabama provides professional, compassionate, and ethical care to patient's in their final months of life. I know because not only am I honored to be a part of the team providing care, I am also a family member whose loved ones have received care. My father was a patient for several months prior to his passing from kidney cancer. He eventually came into the inpatient facility and passed after several days of around the clock care. As a nurse it was a great relief for me personally to be able to spend my dad's last days with him as his loving daughter instead of as his nurse. My sister-in-law had a very different experience. She came from the hospital to the inpatient facility as she ended her fight with a brain tumor. My family was so grateful that there was a place she go go in her last days that provided comfort, peace and respect for someone who had fought so valiantly up until her final days. Hospice of West Alabama was there for me and my family!

Roxanne J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dad was suffering from bone cancer in 1992 when we were referred to Hospice of West Alabama. We didn't have them long but the time we had made a huge difference in our lives. It gave us a peace like no other. It changed my life and when I became a nurse I knew I wanted to serve this organization and its clients. My time working with Hospice of West Alabama has changed me as a nurse, as a person, and as a caregiver. It has forever changed me and I wouldn't give anything for that. Each person, volunteer, doctor, family member, patient that I have encountered has made me who I am.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister is a RN with Hospice of West Alabama and she is absolutely amazing. She has expressed to me that her patients and their families mean so much to her. I have to say that she definitely has a servant's heart. Knowing that she is sacrificing time with her husband and children to serve others makes my heart so full and I just couldn't be more proud of her. Hospice cared for our dad over 20 years ago when he was dealing with bone cancer and it touched my sister so much that she knew this was the area of nursing she wanted to serve in. I pray that her patients and their families know what a beautiful person they are encountering when they meet her. God Bless Hospice of West Alabama :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hospice of West Alabama is a wonderful organization. The staff work hard everyday to provide the best care possible to our patients and their families. I am blessed beyond measure to be able to work for a wonderful organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hospice of West Alabama served our family during my father-in-law's final illness, pneumonia secondary to end stage Alzheimer's disease. I cannot imagine more stellar care than he was given by the knowledgeable and compassionate staff and volunteers. However, HOWA didn't just care for the patient. They offered supportive care to our entire family --- preparing us for what was to come, walking us through the process, helping us to understand what my father-in-law was going through, helping us to deal with our grief in a healthy way. Since that time, we have referred numerous friends and family members to HOWA. Without fail the staff and volunteers at HOWA helped them and their families through the most difficult of times with the maximum understanding, compassion and professionalism. I give Hospice of West Alabama my highest recommendation.

Karen288

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The nurses, aids, social workers, chaplains, counselors, volunteers, and all the supporting staff are the best in the country. I feel so honored to be a small part of this wonderful organization. Our area is very lucky to have this facility and this service available.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hospice of West Alabama has taken care of several members of our family and made their final days on earth so much better. We can say the staff and volunteers are truly angels on earth!

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the time my Great Grandmother was transported to HOWA for her final precious days with me, I knew she would be taken care of. The care she received from the nurses absolutely exceeded my expectations! All of the nurses and staff are absolutely wonderful and take pride in the care they give.--The Director of HOWA, is the most sweet-spirited person, and takes pride in the position she holds! When my sweet grandmother passed, many nurses hugged my neck and cried with me. And that means so, so much and I could never thank them enough. Thank you HOWA for providing exceptional care to our community AND for taking the best care of my Mama Hartley!

Judith32

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sweet, younger sister, with special needs was dying. We were in a nursing home that for reasons that are past, was not a good situation. God blessed us with Hospice of West Alabama. When they were able to move us to their facility, walking in the door, I finally felt peace. The staff made it possible for my family to say goodbye in a loving, peaceful manner. There isn't enough words to say thank you to all of HOWA staff. The level of love and compassion is amazing. Truely blessed for having met all of the staff.

Vicki50

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hospice of West Alabama was here for my uncle and my faculty before he passed away last December. They have the most gentle loving staff. Their Chaplin spent so much time with my uncle. They became best friend. I have been lost without their help and support. I thank God for them.

Kathy176

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at HOWA went above and beyond to help my mom and my family during her last days of life. My grandfather in law received exceptional care for several months preceding his death and loved all the nurses, chaplains and caregivers! They really helped him enjoy a much better quality of life during those last few months. I have recommended their services to several friends who have also had positive experiences with their family members!

As a nurse, I applaud their professionalism and dedication to those they serve. HOWA is an excellent resource for this community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hospice of West Alabama is the best! The staff are all amazing, caring, and extremely good at what they do. I know this first hand because I am blessed to work with each of them every day. Not everyone can say they love their job, but I can, and it is so much more than just a job. Each member of this team is dedicated to what they do and it shows in the care they provide. I’m extremely grateful to be a part of the HOWA family!