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Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter offers professional healthcare and support in the last phases of disease so individuals may live as fully and comfortably as possible. The hospice focus is on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families during illness, death and bereavement.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter has provided care for almost 30 years to patients and families in Southeaster North Carolina in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.
Who is a hospice patient? Infants, children and adults who face a progressive life limiting illness can be hospice patients. About half of our patients have a non-cancer diagnosis, including endstage of chronic diseases such as emphysema, Alzheimer's, ALS and heart disease.
Who provides hospice care? The physician who makes a referral to hospice continues to manage a patient's medical care in coordination with the hospice team. The Lower Cape Fear Hospice team consists of medical directors, nurses, social workers, counselors, chaplains, nursing assistants and volunteers. They provide day-to-day support to hospice patients and their families.
Where is hospice care provided? Most patients receive care and support in their own homes. Others may be served where they call "home" assisted living and nursing facilities; even in the hospital. Some may choose to be served in the Southeast's only inpatient hospice facility, Fales Pavilion Care Center in Wilmington. Where patients receive short-term medical and respite care in a home like environment, usually for a week or less. Twelve patient/family suites, living areaws and courtyard gardens are designed to meet the needs of hospice patients and their visiting loved ones and friends. The center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
LifeCareCenter programs include all non-hospice programs and services, including Palliative Care, Bereavement, Sunrise Kids - grief support for children, Outreach & Education services.
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