AMARILLO, Texas, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten years ago, Hospice Care of the Southwest (HCSW) began with a vision of improving the quality of life for those facing serious illness and their families. Hospice Care of the Southwest is honored to be celebrating its tenth anniversary of caring for those in the Texas panhandle.
Hospice Care of the Southwest grew out of an increasing need for access to physical, emotional and spiritual care for those living with serious illness. HCSW was built on the belief that the end of life should be as comfortable and rewarding as possible and that individuals living with serious illness should have support, education and resources.
"We wanted to create an organization that met a full spectrum of needs from the physical and emotional aspects of illness to the needs of family, to spiritual and grief support. We felt there were too many people in the Texas Panhandle who were facing serious illness without the care and support they needed," said Ronnie Atkins, MSN, CNS, CHPN, RN, Hospice Care of the Southwest, Administrator.
Hospice Care of the Southwest licensure was approved in April 2005 and became Medicare Certified on July 8, 2005. Since then they have served more than 2,900 individuals, bringing them peace, comfort and compassionate care.
One family describes the impact HCSW made on their lives: "They exceeded our expectations, every step of the journey. I was always thankful for HCSW's presence, but did not fully understand or appreciate the depth of their service until after Momma passed. Grieving a parent is an intense, life-changing experience. HCSW entered the process and provided a level of support I simply did not expect. Please know that Hospice Care of the Southwest has had a powerful, positive impact on my family's life. From experience, I believe that they are an indispensable asset to the greater-Amarillo community."
"We are excited about what we've accomplished over the past 10 years. Through our support thousands of families have found comfort, peace and an enhanced quality of life. Every day we see the positive impact of our care: the quality of life that has been regained, the family caregiver who now has support and feels stronger, the comfort that comes from feeling you are not facing this journey alone," said Atkins.
Hospice Care of the Southwest provides care, education, support, and counseling wherever an individual may call home. A certified nursing assistant can provide assistance with personal care. On-call nurses are available 24 hours a day in the case of a medical crisis. Hospice Care of the Southwest volunteers can give a break to the caregiver, allowing them time away to do needed errands or enjoy time with friends like meeting for coffee or going to the movies.
Today, Hospice Care of the Southwest is the region's leader in hospice services, social services, spiritual support and community bereavement programs. The mission of Hospice Care of the Southwest is to make a positive difference in the lives of their patients, their families and the community by providing quality care with compassion and experience. For more information about HCSW visit hospicesouthwest.com
SOURCE Hospice Care of the Southwest