Like many, you have probably been impacted by these uncertain times. This is true for Gulfside patients, families, employees and volunteers as well. The end-of-life journey can be difficult even under the best of circumstances, so you may imagine what it is like now.
The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely impacted Gulfside, but some things haven’t changed.
Our doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and bereavement counselors have never stopped working 24/7 to provide compassionate care to our patients and families. More than 600 hospice patients are being cared for wherever they call “home” and in our two hospice care centers. Our home health patients are still receiving skilled nursing care that allows them to stay safer at home, instead of rehabilitation centers.
However, Gulfside is experiencing many challenges during this pandemic too.
We have faced PPE shortages, staff exposure to COVID-19 and a lack of testing. More than 300 employees are working remotely to protect patients and themselves from risk of exposure. Most devastating is the closure of our five Gulfside Thrift Shoppes, resulting in lost revenue that is desperately needed to make hospice care available to all who need it regardless of their ability to pay.
Today, Gulfside remains committed to providing high-quality care to our patients and families.
If you are able, we would appreciate any support you can provide now or in the future. All gifts will immediately go to work helping us respond to this unprecedented crisis. Your donations make this possible and we are deeply grateful for you.
Your support makes it possible for us to continue providing care during this time.
We encourage you to take the steps needed to protect yourself and your loved ones. While the current situation is rapidly changing, it is important to stay up to date with guidelines and recommendations from the health organizations leading the charge against COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control & Protection (CDC)
How to Protect Yourself (CDC)
World Health Organization
National Institutes of Health