Program #1: Monarch Center for Hope and Healing
Hospice of Marion County has had a strong bereavement program for many years that primarily served the family members of our patients. Fortunately, the bereavement staff was able to serve children suffering loss as a result of a death whether or not it was related to a hospice experience.
In 2014, it was recognized that there were many in Marion County who experienced the effects of loss due to the death of someone who held a significant presence in their lives. Thus, in 2015, Hospice of Marion County opened The Monarch Center for Hope and Healing in Ocala at 3233 SW 33rd Road. The website is http://www.monarchcenter-marion.com.
The types of bereavement care and services include, but not limited to:
• Individual consultations
• General group support
• Specialized group support; i.e. men’s groups, survivors of suicide, survivors of violent crimes
• Grief support in schools
• Children’s camps
• Workplace education
• Grief support at work
Program #2: Transitions
Transitions are a professionally managed, volunteer based support system. Trained volunteers help to ensure that clients understand their medical care plan.
Our “case management” professionals and trained volunteers identify client and family needs and offer:
• assist with coordination of their medical care plan
• find resources
• referral service
• links to community agencies
• limited transportation
• short-term respite
Program #3: Partners in Care (PIC)/Together for Kids
This program is a collaboration between Children’s Medical Services, Medicaid and Hospice of Marion County. It is a state recognized program established in Florida about 15 years ago; Hospice of Marion became a provider 5 years ago.
Those who typically qualify for this program include children born with congenital conditions, diagnosed with a long-term debilitative condition, and acute life-limiting diseases.
The staff from Children’s Medical Services recognizes the time to make a referral to Hospice of Marion County when the child’s condition/illness is advancing and care needs have intensified. When admitted to the program, they are not a hospice patient.
In accordance with the hospice philosophy of care, the child’s physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs are assessed and managed by a specially trained team of professionals that includes a registered nurse, social worker, personal care aide, play therapist, and volunteers.
Program #4: Center for Comprehensive Palliative Care
This company is an LLC under the corporate umbrella of Hospice of Marion County. This palliative care in Marion County began in 2007 by Dr. Segismundo Pares. In 2008, Bonnie Parsons, ARNP joined Dr. Pares in this medical specialty in Marion County. In 2009, the program was nationally recognized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Patients in hospitals are seen after the “attending” physician requests a consultation. A member of the CCPC team of practitioners see the patient in reference to difficult to manage symptoms, goals of care discussions and/or end of life care needs.
It is anticipated that in the mid to latter part of 2016, a community based palliative care program will be initiated. That work will be done under the name of AvailaCare. Referred clients will be seen in nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and in private residences.