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Review In nearly everything I have looked up,
has received very high and favorable reviews. This makes me wonder" 2 things: Was our experience that much of an anomaly or are the home care providers’ expectations for hospice services in general that low? Our decision to hire a hospice service was well thought out and, we thought, well researched. We spoke with hospital personnel; we researched online; we interviewed several hospice representatives. During our interview sessions, I took copious notes as to what each service had to offer, how they differed, etc. I was very glad I did this. It enabled me to confront our hospice “team” regarding what they said their program offered vs. what we actually experienced. I clearly remember a comment that was made during the interview process, I guess to make us feel better: “There are hundreds of families that do this every day.” I do not doubt the validity of that comment, but it does not begin to address the difficulties that are brought to bear when one signs on with a hospice and when said hospice drops the ball time and again. My sister had been in the hospital for 5 weeks and was dying from cancer. By the time we (her husband and I) made our decision to hire
’s, we took my sister home on a Friday. We were nervous and concerned about our
as caregivers, of course, but the staff kept reminding us they have nurses on call 24 hours a day. That Friday afternoon, we were told to expect “our” nurse, one of the main “team” members we were supposed to count and rely on. She arrived very late in the afternoon and had me a bit concerned about some things, which I immediately addressed. She assured us she would be with us for awhile. Prior to leaving, she also reminded us of the 24 hour nurse-on-call policy, should we require help. Well, it turns out we did require help. Here’s what the folks at
’s
’t tell you: There is a nurse on call…maybe two. But there are a whole lot more folks calling for help than there is help available. The call center can tell give you a time frame in which to expect the nurse, but you will surely get bumped if something more urgent arises. So although we called and requested additional medical help, nobody made it to our house that difficult first weekend. The following week, a different nurse showed up. It was his job to tell us that—surprise—“our” nurse was now being replaced and they had not yet reassigned anyone to us. In our initial interview, the woman kept stressing we would have a “team”; we would feel “supported”. Instead, I felt like we were left alone to fend for ourselves. I felt like my sister and my family were an afterthought of
’s. Also, I learned to be leery of the whole nurse situation. Perhaps it was the time of year. Perhaps our situation was way out of the ordinary. But the theory that we would have essentially one nurse assigned to us did not
out, either. Oh, we had a nurse assigned and he was a bright spot during the week…when he was on duty. He took so much time off during my sister’s last month that we were again never 100% certain who would show up. This brings with it its own set of problems: Incessant repeating of facts our main nurse would have known; the comfort levels of the patient and other care givers; different ways of handling situations. Furthermore, we were not always notified. Some nurse would show up and assume we knew to expect a substitute; we usually did not. Strangers often entered our home at a time when emotions were fragile and nerves were frayed. In fact, having been given no warning, our case nurse was not available the week my sister died. The nurse with us that last week was so kind and caring, but there were uncomfortable moments of just not knowing who would show up. This was another added
during what is, to date, the worst week of our lives. In reviewing what was promised vs. what was provided, it is important to discuss the home health care workers supplied by
’s. They do have them, yes. But, at least in our case, they did not work with us. They would call very early in the morning and say they were on their way. Never did they ask if that was convenient for us or offer to pre-schedule an appointment. I will admit, my sister was very lucky that her husband was able to afford to hire a full time home health
from a local company throughout this experience. There was one
in particular from
’s who did not view this as an opportunity for two people to work together for the benefit of my sister. Instead, she took it up herself to boss our agency worker around while she herself did as little as possible. In our own best interest, we asked to discontinue the use of
home health aides. Finally, I’d like to address the social worker fiasco. We were told that was our main liaison. From our perspective, the role of the social worker was either grossly misrepresented when we had our initial interview or we just got shafted. Weeks went by with no communication from the social worker. I finally called and requested a meeting. The primary goal was to go over the pre-hiring notes and promises as compared to the reality of what was not taking place. To the social worker’s credit, she admitted that we had indeed fallen through the cracks. Unfortunately, as I pointed out, this was our one and only experience with this organization and we hired them based on what we had been promised. And not that even this meeting really mattered much. Our social worker quit several weeks later and the new one surfaced just about the time my sister passed away. So instead of the comfort of someone we had come to know and rely on for support, we were confronted with a stranger in our space, making the whole situation even more tense, impersonal and unpleasant for us. I regret, for the sake of my sister, that we hired
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’s Hospice for the last 3 months of her life.

-STACEY C.

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"I had heard of Dr.
from a friend who had called on her when their dog was sick and needed to be put down. Knowing this friend had been very" pleased with the way Dr. B. handled everything, I referred her to my daughter when they had the same need for their old dog. Again, everything was handled perfectly. I knew one day I would be contacting Dr. B. due to the age of our dog and decide to reach out via email and tell her who we were and about our dog,
. She was prompt in replying and said she was there if we ever needed her and to contact her if we felt she needed to come assess his needs. A few weeks later, she came to our home ~ pockets full of dog treats ~ and during a two hour visit was able to diagnose his condition, gave us tips on things to watch for and did a full physical on him. This visit was not only for him, but for us in learning to deal with the present and prepare for the future. Just a few weeks later and after
's health seemed on a rapid decline, we decided to schedule a time for her to come. While it might sound callus to 'schedule' having a dog put down, we did this in order to have some control over the situation and we are very happy we chose this means. For us to wait until he was worse put him and us at risk that he might suddenly be in pain, be unable to walk at all, who knows. It also allowed us to clear our day of work, appointments, etc. and be fully present for him instead of risking that he might have a health crisis when we were gone or during the night. When May 5th came, we got up early, fixed breakfast and
got bacon and eggs ~ something he usually couldn't tolerate due to food allergies. He loved it ! When Dr.
arrived with her aid,
was overjoyed to see this person who carries pockets full of treats and wouldn't leave her side. When we decided it was time, we spread a blanket out under the trees and while he was busy stealing bites of cheese from me, she gently injected him with a sedative. He didn't feel a thing. Within 3-4 minutes, he went from 'all about the cheese' to 'I think I'll curl up here and take a nap." There was no staggering, drugged look about him. He just looked like a very content dog with a belly full of food and loving pats all around. He was soon sound asleep and snoring loudly. Again, this eased the transition as he did not look drugged ~ just peacefully napping. Dr.
told us every step of the way what she was doing or about to do and always asked for our permission before moving on. At this point she asked if we were ok with her administering the final injection. Seeing how peaceful he was and knowing that we had made the right decision for him, she took that last step and then listened to his heart. Within a couple of minutes she said he was gone. All I could think of was how peaceful it was and how he had drifted off to his next life while lying in his favorite spot in the yard on a blanket in the morning sun with his family around him. I could only wonder why we're not able to offer this to our human loved ones, because this would certainly be my choice as to how to leave this earth. We were given as much time as we wanted to say goodbye. We wrapped him up in a sheet along with his favorite bone and stuffed bear. Dr. B and her aid carried him to her car on a small stretcher where he was then taken to Faithful Companions Pet Cremation in Jeffersonville, IN. As we had requested, a few days later we received his ashes back. They arrived in a beautifully carved wooden box with a certificate, a stamp of his paw print, a clipping of his fur and a nice card from Dr. B. The final charge for Dr.
to come to the house that day, the cremation and return of ashes was $400. All in all, I can't think of a single way in which this could have been improved upon. Dr.
is kind, compassionate and delivers a much needed service in the pet community through geriatric, palliative and hospice care.

-Ann B.

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Caregiver reviews in Daytona Beach

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I'm sad to say that it seems
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has lost their way in providing home hospice care.
The bed mattress and chair that they provided did not fit my mother or her needs, resulting in pressure sores for the first time in her 88 years. The hospice staff then tried to blame those equipment choices on the long term care facility where she has lived for 12 years, but I knew from first hand communications that the equipment choices were made by the hospice staff. They seemed to make little, if any, effort to coordinate their nursing aid's services with my mom's long term care facility staff.
Although the hospice staff explained a few things to me such as certain palliative medications and their purposes, other than through visits from the clergy, they mostly left it to me to inform my 3 siblings about what to expect, when to ask for "as needed" drug doses, and other specifics regarding how we could best help our mom through the dying process. There was very little bedside help from hospice in getting through the final days and nights.
This was such a disappointing change from the great care they provided to our dad in 2004. Based on my recent experience, I can't recommend choosing
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- Susan A.
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They are excellent. Anytime I need them they are right there. They have wonderful women, I've used them all. They take such good care of them. If I miss something they always let me know. The nurses really care, as well as about seeing how I'm doing. I'm shocked by how great they are. The CNAs are amazing, as well as the people in the office. Even when I'm having a bad day, they can make me laugh and get me back on track.
- Cynthia G.
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They really deserve no stars! Although the individual nurses were very good, we later learned
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is known in the industry and local area as the hospice that will drop you from continuous care as soon as possible and blame Medicare regulations. We know that's not the case because other hospices offered to take over care and, given our mother's condition, assured us they would stay until she passed.
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dropped our mother only 5 days after she had a major stroke and only three days before her death. During this time she was unconscious and having seizures, fever, high BP, and pain. They expected the family to monitor and administer medications and they would only drop by twice a week. The last instructions they gave before leaving us was "Call us when she
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- Doree F.
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I'm seeing
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regularly. She's been very insightful on many of my grief issues. I've had counseling with other counselors before, but never felt the same connection to them as I do with
Daytona Beach Caregivers Provider Name Locked
. Though some of my issues are hard to talk about, I always have felt better after our appointments. She has honestly been a lifesaver to me and gives me hope for a better future.
- Janene T.
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They made him very peaceful (in his case without drugs) and gave much comfort to the family. He died quietly, while his daughter was reading quietly to him. I think there are many good hospice providers. This group was really great.
- Donald S.
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Once we got there, the place was beautiful and the staff was loving and caring. They took great care of my mom and us! I feel so blessed that my mom was able to spend her last days there! They are truly gracious and loving! Considering the circumstances, it was a wonderful experience from start to finish. They made it the best it could possible be for us!
- Marci A.
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They communicated well with us about everything they were doing for her and received all of our observations of her well. They have a full list of all kinds of staff with specialties to provide the best quality of life and comfort for their patients ranging from pet therapists to physicians and nurses. Their care was comprehensive and extremely caring. I call them angels for the work they do and the quality with which they perform their work. I would highly recommend them to others.
- MICHAEL & KAREN F.
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The rehab portion of the care was very good. The floor that he then went to for dementia was what you would expect. When he became critically ill- they dropped the ball. Until there were triggers they did not test him for UTI that he had. They cannot deal with critically ill people and I would suggest taking them to a hospital. If you loved one is in a stable condition, I would give them a B-/C+ grade. However, if your loved one develops a life-threating illness they do not know how to treat them, or advise them to take them to a hospital. Critically ill patients I would give them an F.
- Olive R.

Caregivers in Daytona Beach, FL

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A Place For Mom

701 Fifth Avenue

Halifax Hosp.

201 N Clyde Morris Blvd
Daytona Beach

Home Instead Senior Care

200 S Ridgewood Ave
Daytona Beach

Home Instead Senior Care

399 Palm Coast Parkway
Palm Coast

Vitas Hospice Care - Volusia-Flagler

2381 Mason Ave
Daytona Beach

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