Agapé Hospice is South Carolina's largest hospice provider. Our hospice is a Medicare/Medicaid-certified full-service hospice licensed to serve all of South Carolina in both home-based and in-patient environments. At Agape Hospice, we are the experts in pain and symptom management. Our nurses and nursing assistants have received advanced certification in hospice and end of life care.
What can Agapé Hospice do for you?
Agapé Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide comfort and support in a faith-based atmosphere to people who are facing a life-limiting illness.
Agapé Hospice provides care for people with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung, liver and kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, ALS, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, CHF, COPD, AIDS, or an advanced disease or a continually declining condition. We emphasize quality of life by striving to meet the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of our patients as well as the needs of their loved ones.
At Agapé Hospice, For Every Reason...For Every Family...We Will Be There.
What is hospice?
Hospice care provides medical, physical, spiritual and psychological support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatment. Comfort care and symptom management become the primary focus. Anyone with an advanced disease and/or a continually declining condition who is no longer seeking curative treatment may be eligible for hospice care.
Our Ask Agapé Senior Resource Center website provides a helpful and informative video from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization on When To Begin Hospice. The video explains the role of hospice and how many time physicians and families wait too long before bringing in hospice care. The video further underscores the profound impact hospice can have on a patient's quality of life and even help the patient live longer.
Agapé Hospice can . . .
- Pay for medications related to terminal illnesses.
- Provide wheelchairs, hospital beds, bedside commodes, oxygen, or any other medical equipment needed.
- Provide care for patients at home, in assisted living facilities, in nursing homes, or wherever the patient may live.
- Provide nursing care, bathing and dressing assistance, daily essential care, and light homemaking services.
- Provide spiritual and emotional support, for the patient and for the family, as well as volunteer and bereavement support.
- Provide additional services that may be required to serve individual patient needs such as crisis management and assist with insurance and other financial matters.
- Provide respite care when family members and/or caregivers need time away or a well deserved break.
Who will provide the assistance?
- Nurses trained in hospice care assess the patient's conditions and help with pain (and other symptom) management complemented by the guidance of the patient’s personal physician.
- Nursing assistants help with bathing, personal hygiene, and light housekeeping.
- Chaplains provide spiritual support for patients and families. Our respect of your faith is part of our everyday care. We respect the patient’s privacy, personal preferences and treat each of them with the highest level of respect, honor and dignity.
- Social workers help identify and resolve problems, assist with financial and insurance counseling, or aid with funeral planning.
When a patient is on hospice, family members and/or caregivers may need time away. Agapé Hospice offers respite care in these instances. Facilities are available for temporary care, so that family members and/or caregivers can go on vacation, attend important events, or take advantage of a much-needed opportunity to rest.
General inpatient hospice
General inpatient care can be provided in an Agapé facility for management of symptoms that cannot be managed at home. The care is provided by nurses and other hospice workers.
How to refer a patient and admission process:
To make a referral to hospice, contact the Agape Hospice location near you; you can click here for a list of offices.
You may also call toll-free 1-800-411-AGAPE (1-800-411-2427).
Patient Care Coordinators are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Anyone may make a referral to hospice. Agapé Hospice will not deny service based on inability to pay or discriminate based on age, race, gender, religion or otherwise. Financial coverage is available through the Medicare hospice benefit or private insurance.
The admission process begins with a phone call to hospice made by the patient, a family member, friend, physician or other healthcare professional. The hospice coordinator will ask for general information, including permission to contact the patient's personal physician to determine if the patient is eligible for hospice services. A time will be arranged for a hospice staff member to visit with the patient and/or family to explain how hospice can help. Your hospice team will take care of the rest.