VITAS Healthcare is now accepting patients in Lake and Sumter counties in need of hospice care. “We are ready to expand access to hospice and palliative care services for the Lake-Sumter community, so patients and caregivers have the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support they need at the end-of-life,” says Jillian Madsen, RN, general manager for VITAS Healthcare in Lake and Sumter counties.
VITAS offers hospice care at the convenience of the family or physician, care is provided at home, in a nursing home or assisted living community, team members will be dispatched at any time needed, and inpatient care is available for aggressive management of acute symptoms that can’t be done at home.
It also has Lavender Touch (a gentle hand massage performed by trained volunteers); Music Memories with a certified music therapist; Paw Pals with therapy animals; Life Bio, a written, audio, or video biography of a patient, and an award-winning veterans program. The first of two offices is located at 127 N. Bay St., Suite. 200, Eustis. A second office will open in Sumter County in 2019.