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Hospice cares during final days

For people with limited life expectancy and their families, Central Gulfside Hospice, 7716 Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey, offers physical, psychological, social and spiritual care during the final stages of the patient's life. Individual care to patients includes teaching a patient's family the techniques of care; working closely with the patient's physician; providing nurses to visit regularly; providing supplies and equipment; social services for legal business; funeral planning; spiritual counseling; bereavement counseling for the family; and coordination of community agencies.

No one is refused hospice care on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, disease or ability to pay. Options of payment are Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or monetary gifts. Hospice care is dependent on memorial donations, monetary gifts, wills and bequests, grants, donated supplies and equipment, and the dedicated volunteers.

Volunteers can help by providing relief for family members, transportation, clerical help, or help in fund-raising.

Suzanne Mandeville, volunteer coordinator, has announced that a certified training session for new volunteers will begin in July. Training consists of six four-hour sessions and prepares the volunteer for all aspects of hospice care.

Joan Manos will be the volunteer coordinator for the summer. People interested in volunteering should call Manos at (813) Information for Health Notes should be submitted in writing to Suzanne Hayes, Pasco Times, 301 E Meridian Ave., Suite 214, Dade City 33525. Items must reach the Dade City bureau at least five days before the event is scheduled.

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