Our Services: Transitions

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OurServicesPhotoiStockSerious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, liver and lung disease, and kidney failure slowly decrease an individual’s ability to live life to its fullest.

The illness drains your energy and spirit and prevents you from managing your basic needs.

Family members are overwhelmed as they juggle new responsibilities along with the old.

Our Transitions program supports individuals and their families who are coping with the progressingly challenging symptoms of a serious illness.

Transitions coordinators provide visits and regular telephone calls focused on identifying your needs and what community resources might be available to help.   Regular contact with our caring coordinators and trained volunteers brings a ray of sunshine and hope where it might be urgently needed.

The Transitions program is offered at no cost to individuals and families coping with a life-limiting illness. One Transitions coordinator said, “We often hear from individuals and their caregivers that wish they had known about our services earlier in their illness. They are amazed that we can customize the level of support, depending on their needs, at no charge.”

Regular contact

Individuals and their families in the Transitions program will benefit from regular visits or telephone calls by our program coordinator or a qualified volunteer.

During this contact, our Transitions staff will talk with you to learn how you’re doing, if there have been any major changes, or to identify what your current needs might be.

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Emotional support

Serious illness brings up many difficult questions and feelings.  We all have fears, worries, and concerns, and sometimes it’s helpful to have someone outside of the family to whom you can express those feelings.  Our Transitions Coordinator or Delaware Hospice volunteer will call you regularly to see how you’re doing and give you an opportunity to talk and discuss what you presently need assistance with.

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Referral to community resources

Sometimes seriously ill individuals need help with basic things, such as food or transportation.  When such a need is identified, the Transitions coordinator might help that person connect with a community agency such as Meals on Wheels, or a shuttle service.

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