For 40 years, Hospice of Montgomery has provided medical care for the terminally ill, bereavement and grief counseling for families, as well as caregiver relief. Your support will help defray the cost of patient and family care not covered by Medicare, Medicaid and/or private insurance companies.
Hospice of Montgomery
Hospice of Montgomery was the first Hospice in Alabama—in fact, we were among the first in the nation. We are the only independent non-profit 501(c)(3) hospice serving Montgomery, Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, and Tallapoosa counties. Founded in 1976 as an all-volunteer agency with funding support from The United Way, we have an unmatched knowledge and understanding of the River Region community and the local support services available to assist you. For over four decades, we’ve remained focused on our mission to provide truly uplifting care for thousands of local families, while preparing our staff and developing the cutting-edge capabilities required to meet today’s complex healthcare needs and challenges. Hospice of Montgomery is proud to be an agency of the River Region United Way.
Families can count on us to handle a wide range of services and details during these difficult situations. Services available for the palliation and management of the patient’s terminal illness as appropriate under Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance benefits.
- Pre-admission consultation.
- Case management and coordination with attending physician.
- Family education and training.
- Pain and symptom control management.
- Skilled nursing services.
- Spiritual care services consistent with the patient’s/family’s spiritual beliefs.
- Social work services.
- Home health aid services for personal care.
- Nutritional, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy.
- Coordination of medical equipment and medical supplies.
- Pharmacy services.
- Ambulance transportation to/from contracted facility for respite or general in-patient care.
- Bereavement follow-up to hospice family for up to one year after the patient’s death.
Hospice of Montgomery offers Pharmacy Services as a liaison between patients and their physicians. Throughout the River Region, Hospice of Montgomery works with many different pharmacies.
- A nurse will check medications weekly and reorder as needed.
- A nurse will teach patient and family members how to use medications.
- Under the direction of the patient’s attending physician, a nurse will determine when a change in medication or dosage is needed.
The Medical Social Worker enhances Hospice of Montgomery’s services by providing direct patient and family assistance and support in coping with the difficult Psychosocial issues that arise as the patient and family face a terminal illness.
- Provide emotional support and comfort to the patient and family throughout all stages of the dying process.
- Educate the family regarding the grief process.
- Support and respect each individual family member’s unique way of coping.
- Facilitate healthy family communication and functioning.
- Explore with the patient options regarding end-of-life decisions and provide resource information and appropriate referrals.
- Maintain confidentiality about the end-of-life decisions made by the patient and family.
- Identify the need for community resources and assist in obtaining resources.
- Assist with nursing home placement if needed.
After the patient’s passing, Hospice of Montgomery provides services to help loved ones cope with their loss. A licensed professional counselor directs a comprehensive 13 month bereavement program. The bereavement program is a voluntary one offered to those who want this type of support. The bereavement program offers the following services:
- Individual and family counseling with the bereavement counselor in the hospice office.
- Referral to Grief Support Groups.
- Bereavement Mailings—grief support materials.
- Grief and bereavement literature and books from our lending library.
- Regular telephone contact for support from the bereavement counselor.
- Annual memorial service.
Also available to our community:
- Grief counseling for individuals living in our service area whose loved one died under Hospice care outside our service area.
- Grief education programs.
- Grieving A Loss by Caring Connection
Hospice of Montgomery offers Patient and Family Education upon admission and throughout the care of each patient.
- Educate the patient and family regarding the hospice philosophy, role, and services provided.
- Teach the family how to provide for the day-to-day care and needs of the patient.
- Provide education on the topics of: infection control, safety measures, fall prevention, medication management, administration of medication, and nutritional information.
- Educate the family regarding the stages of dying and what they can reasonably expect to happen as the disease progresses.
- Provide education on the grief process and healthy strategies of coping with grief.
A Patient and Family Information booklet will be given to the family upon the patient’s admission. The RN or Social Worker will review the information within the booklet such as:
- Infection Control
- Safety Measures
- Fall Prevention
- Medications Management
- Administration of Oral, Buccal and Sublingual Medications
- Medication Disposal
- Basic Home Safety and Emergency Preparedness
- Patient Care
- Nutritional Information
- When Death is Near/When Death Occurs
- Dealing with Emotions
- The Grief Process
Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we will respond promptly to your needs. We are committed to serving the people of Montgomery, Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon, and Tallapoosa counties.
When curative treatment is no longer effective or appropriate, Hospice of Montgomery focuses on providing the best quality of life possible.
You can continue as the patient’s primary physician, or your patient can be closely followed by our Medical Director, and you will be updated on your patient’s progress throughout the hospice experience. When making a referral, be sure to mention Hospice of Montgomery by name. Coverage of hospice care depends upon a physician’s certification that a patient’s life expectancy is six months or less if the illness runs its normal course. Recognizing that determination of life expectancy during the course of a terminal illness is difficult, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published medical criteria, which addresses several of the concerns that many physicians have had regarding the Hospice Medicare Benefit.
At any time during a life-threatening illness, and preferably before the stress of a crisis, it is appropriate to discuss all of a patient’s healthcare options, including hospice. Many physicians are hesitant to talk to their patients about hospice for fear of destroying their hope; however, many patients and families are relieved to have their physician initiate the conversation so that they can maximize their quality of life.
The proceeds of fund raising activities enable Hospice of Montgomery to continue its tradition of providing professional, compassionate and quality services to terminally ill patients and their families in the River Region.
These proceeds also help ensure that funds will be available to provide care and services to all eligible patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
Membership requires little on the part of the member, but it means so much to Hospice. Essentially the member is lending his/her name and financial support to Hospice. Hospice of Montgomery is strengthened with each new supporter who joins us.
Benefits of membership
- Memorial/Honorarium for each $25.00.
- Invitation to annual fundraising event.
- Newsletter to keep you up-to-date on organizational activities.
Private Donations, Annual Giving, Endowment Fund
Contributions, including stock, are received from individuals, local businesses, and community and civic groups and organizations.
Memorials and Honorariums
Contributions are received in memory and in honor of loved ones. All memorials and honorariums received are acknowledged by Hospice of Montgomery with cards.
Donations in Lieu of Gifts
Make a donation to Hospice of Montgomery in lieu of gifts at Christmas, Easter, Birthdays, and other special events and/or occasions.
Hospice of Montgomery receives funds from United Way. Individuals may designate Hospice of Montgomery as the recipient of their United Way donation. Agency #23
Other Opportunities for Gifting:
- Appreciated securities
- Life insurance
- Retirement assets
- Legacy Gifts
- Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)- Agency #98072
- State Combined Campaign (SCC)- Agency #106420
Membership dues, donations and fundraising income is used to cover the cost of:
- Uninsured care
- Under-insured care/partial benefits
- Medications for patients who do not have the ability to pay
- Medical equipment and supplies, such as oxygen and diapers, for patients who do not have the ability to pay
Care/services required, but not reimbursed by Medicare/Medicaid
- Bereavement Services
- Volunteer Training
- Staff Education
- Community Education
- Special occasion gifts for patients/families
- Community Grief Support Group
- Annual Memorial Service
- The Hospice Home
Become a Sponsor
Join Our Team
If you are interested in joining our team of caring and compassionate professionals, consider employment or volunteering with Hospice of Montgomery.
To view open job postings, visit www.jackson.org/careers.
The concept of hospice is based on the utilization of volunteers. Hospice of Montgomery was formed by a dedicated group of volunteers and we continue to depend on volunteers as an integral part of the Hospice of Montgomery Team.
Hospice of Montgomery volunteer services are designed to play a vital role in enhancing the quality of care delivered to the patient and family by encouraging community participation in the overall hospice program. Trained volunteers provide assistance with program administration as well as friendship and support to patients and families.
Volunteers are offered monthly get-to-gathers, dinners, field trips, and group projects throughout the year which provide an opportunity for our Volunteer Team to share their hospice experiences with each other!
- Patient care support
- Bereavement support
- Office assistance
- Special Events Support
- Community Education
Experience is not required! Volunteer training programs are provided for those who are interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer. Apply here or call the Hospice office at 334-279-6677 for more information about volunteer opportunities and training.