WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
We have leaders who strive for excellence and who expect the same level of commitment from all team members. We consider our staff our best resource. We have team members from all disciplines that are nationally certified in hospice/palliative care. We have nationally certified End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) faculty members with specialized training in pain and symptom management, communication strategies, care at the end of life, ethics and cultural considerations. These faculty members not only educate the family, but train healthcare professional's within the community. Among our wealth of expertise, from executive level leadership to our direct care providers, we have staff members who serve on national and state committees advocating for pediatric hospice care and public policy change.
Caring for a child with a life limiting illness is challenging. It demands complete understanding of the whole child and family; it requires recognition of the child’s developmental, psychological, physical, spiritual and emotional needs. It is respecting family dynamics, cultural and ethnic differences. Whether the child is at home, in the hospital or transitioning in between, our team members are exceptional, not just in terms of their clinical skills but in their ability to timely respond to the child and family’s needs with sensitivity and compassion.
Hospice Care of South Carolina has been serving our communities for almost two decades, with recognition as the leading provider of hospice and continuous (crisis) care statewide. Some of our accomplishments include: 2012 Employer of the Year Award by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses; Recognition for patient advocacy in 2010 by the National Hospice/Palliative Care Organization. Hands of Hope employs specialists in pediatric care which includes nurses, medical social workers and chaplains; we have certified child life specialists and bereavement coordinators. Our staff understands and integrates fundamental knowledge and expertise in child development and family systems.
Our evaluation outcomes consistently demonstrate that we meet or exceed the state and national benchmark for overall quality of care. When asked, our families would refer us to others in time of need.