Patient Care and Safety a Priority of Hope Hospice

New Braunfels, TX, September 13, 2008 --( Hope Hospice staff has been working since early yesterday to ensure that patients and staff alike are safe and well-prepared for the possibility of extreme weather conditions in the area.

Beginning Wednesday morning, Hope Hospice nurses and other clinical team members began calling patients to ensure each individual has an evacuation plan should weather conditions in the area become dangerous. Hope Hospice’s medical supplies and equipment providers and local pharmacies were also able to deliver double shipments of supplies for distribution to Hope Hospice patients. With extra supplies such as oxygen, adult diapers, and necessary medications on-hand, patients’ families have their emergency kit started. The clinical team is contacting each family to stress the importance of preparing for possible flooding by having things such as non-perishable food, manual can openers, fresh water and batteries for tuning in to local radio stations.

The local Red Cross has informed area medical providers that they are unable to take patients on oxygen of 2 liters or higher to shelter. In the effort to ensure all Hope Hospice patients have an evacuation plan, agency leadership have confirmed that Eden Home has graciously offered a wing of their facility to patients the Red Cross is unable to assist in emergency evacuation.

With Hurricane Ike fast approaching the Texas Gulf Coast, evacuees from South Texas are already coming in to Comal County in high numbers. Nursing home patients from Corpus Christi are flooding into area nursing homes and Hope Hospice team members are also volunteering at facilities such as Sundance to provide extra hands as these facilities brace themselves for checking in, caring for and protecting hundreds of new patients arriving at nearly the same time.

Hope Hospice has been providing excellence in care, comfort and education to all in our community affected by life-limiting illness, grief or loss since 1984. We serve individuals and families in Comal, Hays, Guadalupe, Kendall, Caldwell and Bexar counties.

Hope Hospice
Leslie Ferguason
830-625-7525 x111