I had the blessing of being with Dorothy, a hospice patient, and her family as she took her last breath in this world. It was a mix of a great loss, grief, and sadness and also a light of relief, joy, and hope. Unmistakably, though, there was a great sense that we were not alone, that one much greater than ourselves was present with us in that bedr...
Zach Thompson, Hospice Chaplain
Calling to say Tracey (home health nurse) is so compassionate. She does not make me feel uncomfortable, and she takes her time. Tracey is good at what she does and I want to keep her as my nurse!...
Home Health Patient
I attended the Certified Nursing Assistant Program this year, as I wanted to earn more money through a move into the healthcare field. The Saad CNA school took only two weeks to complete and put me in the classroom with instructors who have worked in the industry and know how to explain the material and skills needed to gain certification.
People always ask me how I can work with Hospice. I find it hard to explain, but I will attempt to explain why I do what I do. I read an article recently that talked about how people remember the moments in their lives. They don't remember days, months, or years, they remember moments. Do you remember the feelings you had when you found out you wer...
Saad Social Worker
To the staff of Saad Healthcare,
My family and I are so grateful and thankful for your support, understanding, compassion, and patience during our mother's illness. We can't imagine what we would have done without your staff.
Everyone at Saad Healthcare has been there for us and has made our mother's transition from the ho...
My mother was a hospice patient, and I want you to know that Janet, who was her nurse for ten months, made my life more bearable during this very trying time. Janet set the bar very high. She was kind, caring, and extremely patient, not only toward my mother, but also toward me. I am so thankful that Janet was assigned to my mother. Janet's persona...
The week before school began a few years ago, my 92-year-old father, who lived with my husband and me, fell and could no longer walk. I called Saad Healthcare and asked to speak to Mrs. Dorothy Dunning. She immediately sent a member of her staff to our house with a wheelchair and set up appointments with a physical therapist. Without the care given...
We really appreciate the wonderful care your staff gave to our father during his last days. Thank you so much for the flowers and the cake. Everyone involved in his care was so kind and compassionate, and my dad really appreciated it. Thank you to your wonderful chaplain whose inspiring words were a great comfort to us at the time of our father's d...
Family of a Hospice patient
In this day and age, all too many people only like to complain.
My wife and I, however, wish to compliment one of your employees, Mr. Kinner Stroud. Dr. Seibert's office, on Friday, January 25, 2013, faxed over to your office a request for a bedside commode, as they were putting wife on lasix. In her present condition, she would be unable ...
Seymour & Natalie Lichtenfeld, Medical Supply Cust
Iíve been with Saad Healthcare for 2 years and I absolutely love it! Several things set this agency apart from all the others. The Saad family are very committed to providing the best care and support to the patients they serve. Saad Healthcare is the only full-service agency on the Mississippi coast. If a patient should need to call the agency in ...
Jane Cuthrow, R.N.
Just a note to express my thanks for all you did for me during my recovery. Your were not only my nurse, you were my friend. Thank You! Thank You! Thank you!
Now for the newest, Iím having surgery again this Friday, November 12. Quite by accident, my neurologist found some damage in my neck through an EMG test, and set up an MRI for me...
[My physical therapist] worked me out with a few exercises, and not so many I couldnít remember them. I told him of my fears of falling and this was addressed daily. I have never had so much long-term pain, and he gave me a logical answer and approximation of how long this would take. I have anxiety episodes, and he always was good to assure me it ...
Mr. Phillips is an eighty-two year old gentleman who was referred to Saad Healthcare after he suffered a stroke. The stroke left Mr. Phillips with muscle weakness that limited his ability to walk and get around his home to perform normal activities such as bathing, shaving, and getting dressed. The stroke also kept Mr. Phillips from being able to d...
Chuck Oates, Physical Therapist
Being a hospice chaplain is always a blessing but recently I had the opportunity to be part of something very special. On my first visit with Ann (name changed to protect the patient's privacy) it was obvious her cancer was taking its toll.
She had accepted the doctor's announcement regarding her condition and had begun to get her affairs...
John Landrum, Hospice Chaplain, Mississippi Office
What is the difference between home health and hospice?
Home health services help a person regain function after an illness, injury, or surgery when homebound.† Hospice is specialized care that assists with the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the person and family facing a life limiting illness.† Usually, a person is not eligible to receive both.† Please notify us if you are receiving care from a home health agency.†
Can I continue to visit my doctor?
Yes, your doctor is part of the hospice team and continues to direct your care.† Please let your hospice nurse know when you have a doctorís appointment.
Will my family doctor remain involved in my care?
We will continue close communication with your doctor and follow the orders for your care.† Your doctor may ask our Medical Director to assist with your care.† Medical Directors are uniquely trained in hospice and palliative care to manage pain and other symptoms specific to your diagnosis.
Does hospice provide full-time round-the-clock care?
Hospice care supplements the care provided by the family or hired caregivers in the home or nursing home.† We provide intermittent care that includes scheduled visits by your team.† Our staff is available 365 days a year.
Will hospice affect my Medicare or Medicaid coverage?
You will continue to maintain your Medicare/Medicaid coverage for all health problems not related to your hospice illness.
While under hospice can I go to the hospital?
Yes, although all hospitalizations should be coordinated through your hospice team prior to going to the hospital.
Does receiving hospice care mean I have six months to live?
Your doctor uses the best medical judgment to estimate how long you have to live.† We will continue to assess your condition to make sure you are eligible for hospice care.† Studies have shown that some people on hospice services actually live longer. *
May I leave town or take a trip?
You are encouraged to travel, as much as your health allows.† Notify your care team as soon as possible of your travel plans.† Your care team will assist you in preparing for the trip.† We may need to arrange for you to have care from another hospice in the area you will be staying.† Your care team will help you determine the best way to handle your situation.
Do I have to stay at home to have hospice?
No. You are encouraged to participate in as many activities as your health allows.
What if I decide I no longer want hospice?
You may choose to discontinue hospice services at any time.
Can I have physical therapy?
Your doctor will determine if physical therapy would be helpful.† We will arrange for you to receive any needed therapies.
May I continue to receive chemotherapy or radiation?
Generally, chemotherapy and radiation are for curative treatment.† Talk with your hospice nurse if you are considering one of these treatments.