Navigating Healthcare Resources

Transitions, a program of Hospice of Marion County, is a professionally managed, volunteer-based support system provided in the comfort of the home, assisted living facility, or wherever home is. It’s designed to assist those challenged by an advancing illness with a prognosis of one year or less. Services are available to Marion County residents at no charge thanks to funding through Hospice of Marion County and the generosity of donors.

The Transitions Program offers:

  • Case management services to identify client and family needs.
  • Community resources to enhance quality of life.
  • Trained volunteers for running errands, providing companionship and respite care for the primary caregivers.
  • Caregiver support groups.
  • Monthly check-in calls.

Our team works closely with area physicians and healthcare professionals. Ask your doctor about contacting us for services or you or a loved one can call us directly to get started. Additionally, our Transitions program increases opportunities for clients to receive appropriate medical and non-medical services from community providers. This unique program enhances client communication with caregivers and facilitates networking between providers to enhance quality of care.

Help for the Caregiver

Caring for someone at home can be very rewarding and a treasured experience, but, at the same time, it can exact a toll, both physical and emotional, on the caregiver. Along with monthly Caregiver Support Groups, below are some suggestions for self care:

  • Rest =Thinking more clearly
  • Exercise = A release from tension and ill feelings
  • Humor = A temporary release valve for situations and circumstances that seem hopeless
  • Reach out to others for support. Help others, too. This can reduce your stress and puts problems in perspective.
  • Make choices that are right for you and your family to maintain a sense of control.
  • Take one task at a time if feeling overwhelmed. Manage by taking small steps.
  • Talk about your worries—it’s a good way to release them.
  • Remember to include the activities you enjoy often.
  • Suggest that family, friends, neighbors or volunteers help you with meal preparation, grocery shopping, or other tasks.

Physician referral is not required, call us at (352) 854-5200 to learn more. 

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