| Hospice of South Georgia has been selected as a partner with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Caring Connections workplace outreach initiative, It’s About How You LIVE – At Work, funded by the Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation. The LIVE – At Work initiative is striving to increase awareness about the needs of working caregivers who struggle with work-life balance while taking care of their ill, elderly, or frail family members; and provide support for employers with working caregivers.
According to a 2006 study from the National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife, U.S. businesses lose from $17.1 billion to $33.6 billion per year in productivity for full-time employees with caregiving responsibilities. The LIVE acronym of the awareness program stands for Learn about options; Implement a plan; Voice the plan to others; Engage others to LIVE. Selected hospice partners, like Hospice of South Georgia have received training and resources to provide a specialized level of awareness and support for employers and employees alike who are faced with caring for a seriously ill loved one, dealing with grief and loss issues, and/or those who need more information about planning for future healthcare decisions and other end-of-life issues.
“We are honored to be chosen as one of 35 hospice partners located across the country – the only hospice in Georgia – and will be actively reaching out to employers in our community over the next year,” said Amanda Patterson, RN, executive director, Hospice of South Georgia and Langdale Hospice House. “Our application to this pilot program outlined examples of caregiver outreach programs unique to Hospice of South Georgia, like our on-going bereavement support groups, annual Lunch & Learn programs, annual children’s grief camps, and participation in other community and professional educational forums that have addressed a variety of caregiving topics.”
To learn more about the local resources available for employers through Hospice of South Georgia, contact Katie Hardin at 229.249.4100, or 1.800.HOSPICE, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.