The loss of a loved one can be hard on anyone but now Augusta Medical Center is trying to ease families through that pain with the opening of their new Hospice home.
The home was built with the help of hundreds of people in the community. Clinical coordinator Teri Humphries says the open house's schedule is just one way those people to see what they helped to build.
Humphries says, "It's been so much outpouring from the community. We've had so many donations and just so much help from the community that we want the community to be a part of it and know what they've created."
Now that the home is built, Humphries says drumming up support for volunteers is the next order of business.
Humphries says, "If you think about the house being open you know, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and needing several volunteers a day to cover those hours, there's a lot of you know, need for volunteers."
Humphries says the task of making someone feel at home when they're dying is an important one. She wants the community to understand what hospice is all about and hopefully this will help AMC Hospice do that.
She adds, "There's still a lot of myths that are involved about hospice. So in offering the tour, it's a good chance for people to hear about hospice and hear about the hospice house and learn more."
AMC Hospice hopes to start housing in patients in January.