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Tidewell Hospice... it's more than you think.

Tidewell Hospice... it's more than you think.

Take a moment to view our beautiful hospice houses.

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Rose takes her work very seriously. But she knows how to have fun, too, and that's what she brings on her visits to patients. She brightens their day.


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For 35 years, Tidewell has provided the highest quality care to patients and families living with advanced illness, while honoring human dignity and personal choice. Tidewell strives to treat the whole person — fulfilling physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs — and views the patient and his/her family as a unit. That’s what makes Tidewell so unique in today’s health care picture. You are invited to explore all the programs and services Tidewell has to offer. In doing so, you’ll discover that Tidewell is really about building relationships — providing the comfort and support to deal with complex and difficult issues and, along the way, finding joy in each day. Tidewell doesn’t give you the power to shorten or prolong life, just the power to live it as you choose.

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Tidewell chaplains bless pets at Venice Hospice House

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The unconditional love and companionship of household pets are blessings to their owners. On Wednesday, Tidewell chaplains turned the tables, conferring grace on our animal friends.

Chaplains Joe Hudson and Katie Lee performed a pet blessing for five well-behaved dogs – Cooper, Daisy, Jewel, Kili and Simba – and their masters on a sunny morning at the Venice Hospice House.

The chaplains also blessed named pets that were unable to attend the ceremony and others that have passed away.

“Thank you for the presence of your unconditional love that we find reflected in the animal kingdom, among those with four legs, feathers, fur, scales and wings,” Joe prayed in the invocation.

Tidewell also holds pet blessings at hospice houses in Ellenton and Port Charlotte. Ellenton celebrated its blessing on Oct. 2; Port Charlotte’s is scheduled for Oct. 13.


Volunteer Charlotte Halbert makes a difference through communication

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Congratulations to Charlotte Halbert, this quarter’s Volunteer Difference award winner.

Charlotte has served as a Spanish translator for a residential patient at the Englewood Hospice House. The relationship started when Charlotte made a weekly Tuck In phone call to the family in Spanish. The patient then transferred to the Englewood Hospice House, where Charlotte works weekly. The hospice team, including the hospice doctor, has found it extremely helpful for her to be present with the patient. She has translated for family members during their visits as well. By being there in person, Charlotte helped this family develop trust in Tidewell and in the staff at the Englewood House.

When the patient’s mother and sister visited, they asked for grief counseling. Charlotte was present with the grief counselor and translated on three separate occasions. Being able to facilitate communication for this family proved invaluable.

Charlotte has been a Tidewell volunteer since 2007 and has served more than 1,100 hours.

Tidewell introduced the Volunteer Difference award in January. The quarterly award allows families and staff to nominate volunteers for going above and beyond the call of duty while serving at Tidewell.

Nominations for the Volunteer Difference award are accepted at any time via http://tidewellhospice.org/welcome/tidewell-hospice-volunteer-difference-award. All Tidewell volunteers are eligible for nomination. Nominations should be based on a specific action or actions taken by a volunteer that demonstrated one or more of Tidewell Core Values, with consideration given that the act must meet the expectations of Tidewell’s established boundaries for volunteers.

Pictured are, from left, volunteer coordinator Lynette Melchior, Charlotte Halbert and Director of Volunteer Services Stacy Groff.


Kirsten escorts local veteran on Honor Flight

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Tidewell colleague Kirsten Baker, RN, MBA, CHPN, volunteered her time last week to help one local veteran and honor all American servicemen and women.

Kirsten, the clinical director of LTC Central, was chosen as a guardian for a World War II veteran on Honor Flight West Central Florida’s Mission 23 to Washington, D.C. The group of 75 veterans and 75 guardians left early Tuesday morning from the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport and returned Tuesday evening.

Honor flights offer veterans all-expenses-paid trips to their respective memorials in Washington, D.C. with emphasis on World War II, Korean War and terminally ill veterans.

Kirsten was responsible for her expenses. She escorted Scotty Scott, a 90-year-old Palm Harbor resident. Scott joined the Navy as a 17-year-old and served on a destroyer escort warship in the Pacific theater.

“What a great opportunity it was,” Kirsten said. “I don’t think it will be my last time, either. Seeing the monuments with the veterans and honoring their sacrifice was wonderful. The stories these men and women tell are amazing.”

Kirsten has a family connection to the military. Her husband, Mike, retired after serving 22 years in the U.S. Army.

“We are always looking to pay back the older generation,” Kirsten said.

Kirsten encouraged other Tidewell colleagues to consider volunteering for an honor flight. Contact her at kbaker@tidewell.org for more information.

“I always talk about filling my cup. … This was a great way to do that,” she said.

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