By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: November 2007
Carolyn McGhay, director of marketing and business development for Grace Hospice, has a true passion for serving others.
Grace Hospice, an independent hospice with no state or national affiliations, serves communities and towns within a 50-mile radius of Tulsa. Its team of highly-trained professionals and volunteers provide medically-directed care for those with life-limiting illnesses. Because many of the individuals it serves have decided to forego aggressive treatment, Grace Hospice offers high quality of life to those who do not have much life to live.
Offering a different type of treatment option for individuals with life-limiting illnesses, hospice care has advanced tremendously. Individualized care plans assess specific patient needs and may change weekly. Medicare, the primary reimbursement source for hospice-delivered care programs, sets the guidelines and criteria for all hospice programs. While hospice care is a free benefit offered by Medicare, there is no dollar cap on the programs or services provided to a patient. And benefits could run two years or longer. The program includes all supplies and medications related to the terminal diagnoses, including many durable medical equipment items, such as hospital beds in the home. And, although some insurance plans provide coverage for hospice care, individuals without Medicare or private plans may seek services free of charge, if eligible.
Routine Home Care, one type of hospice care, may be provided in the home, nursing home, assisted living or other location where the patient is currently living. Grace Hospice can help patients find a place to live if they do not already have one. Additionally, the company furnishes social workers, chaplains, nurses, home health aids, physicians, as well as community relations to educate the patient’s family and friends.
Another hospice level of care, Respite Care, allows Grace Hospice to give a patient’s caregiver a five-day break. The patient is moved to a facility where Grace Hospice can care for the patient while the caregiver is away. This service can be requested at different periods during the time hospice service is provided.
Reverend Mark Tibey and Suzanne Davis help families through Family Support Services at Grace Hospice.
A third type of service, Continuous Care, allows Grace Hospice to provide 24-hour care when a symptom has become unmanageable. Medicare establishes the criteria and covers symptoms, including physical pain and family issues. Grace Hospice is present at the time of a patient’s death 99 percent of the time. The caregiver may offer general counseling to family and friends at that difficult time.
Grace Hospice emphasizes the quality of patients’ lives throughout its services. The feelings and concerns of patients, family members and friends are important. Qualified medical social workers, chaplains and bereavement specialists give caring support, and they always respect and protect the comfort and dignity of their patients. “Grace Hospice provides help and support to patients, families and friends 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Carolyn McGhay, director of marketing and business development for Grace Hospice.
Having sponsored the Miss Senior Oklahoma Pageant for the past two years, Grace Hospice enjoys being involved in the Tulsa community. Hospice care is provided in all Tulsa area nursing homes. Call (918) 744-7223 or visit www.gracehospice.com today for more information.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.