Hospice Austin

Hospice Austin, a nonprofit agency, has been caring for patients and families since 1980.

Hospice Austin serves all of Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Hays and Caldwell counties.

Austin's Top Doctors 2024 02/27/2024

Congratulations to all the stellar doctors who made Austin Monthly's Top Doctor list! We appreciate the care you give to the community at large and to our patients in particular. It's a privilege working with you.

Austin's Top Doctors 2024 With more than 750 physicians in 50-plus fields, you can feel confident your health is in the best possible care.


If you are grieving the death of a loved one, please join us online on Tuesday 2/27 from 12 -1 or Wednesday 2/28 from 7 - 8 via Zoom. Our topic this week is "The Dual Process Model of Grief and How it Can Help Guide Us." We will discuss a model of grief that names and encourages oscillating between two parts of grief as a way to “adaptively” grieve: one side where we focus on the loss and the other side where we focus on what is left after the loss. Join us to learn about this model and how it can help frame and direct your grief journey.

Please call us at 512-342-4700 for the Zoom link.


Amplify Austin, our community's 24-hour online giving campaign to local nonprofits, is starting March 6th at 6 pm, and we are excited!! Please come to our party on Feb. 29 to help us celebrate!

If you'd like to make a gift, you can give any time from now through March 7. https://www.amplifyatx.org/organizations/hospice-austin

Come to our party!! It's such a great place to make new friends who support the same cause you do. Hope to see you there!

Season for Caring recipient dies from cancer, wished to be with his wife as long as possible 02/21/2024

Thank you to everyone who made Charles' last months so meaningful. The outpouring of support from the community lifted up Charles and Nicole, both financially and emotionally, and made such a difference in their lives.

Season for Caring recipient dies from cancer, wished to be with his wife as long as possible Statesman Season for Caring program will continue to help his wife.

A Year After Jimmy Carter Entered Hospice Care, Advocates Hope Endurance Drives Awareness 02/20/2024

Jimmy Carter is still offering lessons.

A Year After Jimmy Carter Entered Hospice Care, Advocates Hope Endurance Drives Awareness Since Jimmy Carter entered hospice care at his home in Georgia, the former U.S. president has celebrated his 99th birthday and enjoyed tributes to his legacy.


If you are grieving the death of a loved one, please join us online on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 7 - 8 pm for our monthly Conversations on Grief webinar. Our topic this month is The Power of Gratitude in Grief. Gratitude and grief aren't two words you might think of together when talking about loss. After all, how is it possible to be grateful when you're grieving the loss of a loved one? During this webinar you'll learn about emotional agility and how to move between grief and gratitude in a way that makes space for both experiences.

To register, please visit https://hospiceaustin.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ctvMvH71SC68h5ZOHiti4g #/registration

How do you live while your brother is dying? 'Suncoast' is a teen take on hospice 02/09/2024

Hulu has a new film out written by young woman about her experience with her brother, who had brain cancer. The author said, "I was in the room when my brother took his last breath. And what I marveled at was that it wasn't a negative experience. It was an awe-filled experience." The film stars Laura Linney, Nico Parker, and Woody Harrelson.

How do you live while your brother is dying? 'Suncoast' is a teen take on hospice As a teenager, Laura Chinn was in the room as her older brother died from brain cancer. It was the same Florida hospice where Terri Schiavo received care. The experience inspired Chinn's new film.

Talking About Death and Dying | The Saturday Evening Post 02/07/2024

"It was a gift from her to leave me with no lingering regrets."

Talking About Death and Dying | The Saturday Evening Post There are many benefits of having an open and honest discussion about our eventual death with those who love and care for us.

Season for Caring: Last day to give to this season's families, nonprofits 01/31/2024

Today is the last day to give to this year's Statesman Season for Caring campaign. We appreciate all the support our patients have received this holiday season -- thank you!

Season for Caring: Last day to give to this season's families, nonprofits Program wrapping up just shy of hitting $20 million in 25 years of giving.


If you are grieving the death of a loved one, please join us online on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 12 - 1 or Wednesday Feb. 1 from 7 - 8 via Zoom. Our topic this week is "Using Your Grief for Good."

Many who have come through deep grief have experienced healing and finding meaning when they use their grief to help themselves or others. Loss can help you discover and reassess your values and priorities. Some people find a new or renewed sense of direction for life that they then use to support themselves and pass along to others.

Please call us at 512-342-4700 for the Zoom link.


Maureen and Gustavo from Divine Canines were at Hospice Austin's Christopher House today. She was stopped in the hall by a grateful family member of a patient they had seen a short time before. Apparently, the patient had just passed away. The family member wanted to express their gratitude about how much Gustavo's presence had relaxed the patient and allowed him to pass away peacefully. ❤️


If you are grieving the death of a loved one, please join us online on Wednesday Jan. 24 from 7 - 8 via Zoom. Our topic this week is Being Alone in My Grief: Solitude vs. Loneliness. The experience of grief includes periods of loneliness and times of solitude. Join us to discuss the common experience of loneliness, the importance of solitude, and the differences between the two. (Handout: The Importance of Solitude in Grief or online at https://www.taps.org/articles/25-1/solitude-social-support-balance)
Please call us at 512-342-4700 for the Zoom link.

We are also hosting our LGBTQ+ online grief group on Thursday, Jan. 25th from 7:30 - 8:30 pm for adults in the LGBTQ+ community who are grieving the death of a person in their life, at any point after the loss. There is no cost to attend and no pre-registration is required. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Please call us at 512-342-4700 for the Zoom link.

“Starting Fresh 2024: Empowering Caregivers” Caregiver Conference 01/18/2024

Thank you so much to the Alzheimer's Association: Capital of Texas Chapter for inviting Hospice Austin nurse Ginny Erboe to speak about advance care planning today. Learning more about advance directives is a great New Year's resolution!

New Year's Resolution #1: Healthcare Planning by Ginny Erboe, Admissions RN, Hospice Austin


Thank you to St. Stephens Missionary Baptist Church for donating perishable and nonperishable goods from their food pantry to Austin Palliative Care's Season for Caring family, Charles and Nicole Richard. We so appreciate their generosity!


Every month, we like to thank our community partners – the foundations, businesses and civic groups that support our efforts to provide exceptional care, compassion, and caregiver support to everyone that needs us. But our biggest partner of all is the community itself – the many people who give their time, talent, and treasure to help others.

Whether you bid on an auction item at Beauty of Life, volunteered to play cards with a patient, or supported us during Amplify Austin, however you share yourself with Hospice Austin, you are an integral part of our organization’s success. Your generosity is an affirmation of the work we do, and we are a better organization because of you. Thank you so much!

Firehouse Animal Health Center delivers $10,000 worth of vet care 01/11/2024

Thank you to Firehouse Animal Health Center for providing vet care to our Season for Caring families with pets every year! The vet who cared for Charles and Nicole's Chihuahua says she speaks fluent angry Chihuahua as an angry Chihuahua owner herself!

The Richards are the Season for Caring family for Austin Palliative Care, an affiliate of Hospice Austin. They still have groceries and other basic needs on their Amazon wish list, if you'd like to help:

Thank you, Firehouse, for your commitment to our community!


Firehouse Animal Health Center delivers $10,000 worth of vet care Trip to the vet for pets brings peace of mind to Season for Caring families.


Brush Country Nursing and Rehab is in the southwest Austin region and provides 24- hour skilled nursing, comprehensive rehabilitation services, social services, dental and podiatry care. Brush Country has an extensive activity program to keep residents busy and engaged with others. Brush Country’s main purpose is to enhance the quality of life for their residents by promoting their highest level of functioning in a caring environment. Brush Country Nursing and Rehab recognizes the importance, commitment, and contributions of their staff by encouraging initiative and innovation in a climate of mutual respect, honesty, teamwork and open communication.

Hospice Austin enjoys working with this facility. Hospice Austin and Brush Country staff have always mirrored as a family, and we enjoy supporting families together. The facility is led by administrator Hugo Mata who has years of experience working within the health care industry. When families are looking for a comfortable, affordable, and well-managed facility, Brush Country is a great option for your loved one. We are honored to name Brush Country Nursing & Rehab as January’s Health Care Partner.


Happy New Year from all of us at Hospice Austin and Austin Palliative Care!

Austin twins, who survived harrowing birth, now rely on hospice care for sickest brother 12/31/2023

Season for Caring is going great! The Campos family has received many items on their wish list. Does anyone know of an estate attorney who might be willing to draw up a will/trust for Phyllis to protect the boys in case anything happens to her? If so, please call Melinda Marble at 512=342-4700. Thank you, and happy New Year!

Austin twins, who survived harrowing birth, now rely on hospice care for sickest brother Twins with cerebral palsy have a few things left on their wish list: balls, Uber cards, a warm coat.

What is hospice care? 6 myths about this end-of-life option 12/30/2023

Nice article about the common myths surrounding hospice care.

What is hospice care? 6 myths about this end-of-life option Recently ex-President Jimmy Carter went into hospice, which often is for patients in the last stages of incurable diseases. Contrary to popular belief, starting hospice doesn't mean giving up on life.


Remembering those near and far... happy holidays from Hospice Austin.


With good reason, holiday seasons are among the most emotionally difficult times for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Holidays may be difficult no matter what you try to do or where you go. Be gentle with yourself. For suggestions on getting through the holidays, please visit https://www.hospiceaustin.org/our-services/grief-support/surviving-the-holidays/.

Photos from Hospice Austin's post 12/22/2023

Hospice Austin staff work hard to make connections with patients and families. Our nurse Maricela likes to dress up on special occasions when making visits. The patients and families love it!


Austin Fire Department Battalion Chief Travis Maher spent his life serving others – and he continues to do so.


🌟 Join Our Compassionate Team at Hospice Austin! 🌟

We believe in the power of our team to make a meaningful impact, and we're actively looking for dedicated Social Workers to enhance our mission. If you're passionate about making a difference, we want to hear from you! Explore the rewarding opportunities and apply today: https://www.hospiceaustin.org/careers/


Photos from Hospice Austin's post 12/15/2023

Some special visitors came to our staff meeting this morning and then made the rounds at our administrative office and at Hospice Austin's Christopher House. Introducing therapy dogs Melman and Coco!

Their humans, Jeff and Christy, have been sharing their Great Pyrenees with us for many years. Our staff, patients, and families appreciate the visits so much!


We are delighted to announce that Austin Palliative Care Medical Director Kate Tindall has earned the designation of Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM). This is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member! The Academy is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Physicians admitted as Fellows have had their practices evaluated by their peers for their personal integrity, knowledge of the field, professional accomplishment, training, teaching, and demonstrated scholarship.

Austin Palliative Care, an affiliate of Hospice Austin, improves the quality of life of patients suffering from a serious illness by managing symptoms both from the disease and treatment of the disease. Care is provided wherever the patient calls home in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop and Hays counties.

Congratulations, Dr. Tindall. Your patients are so lucky to have you, and so are we!

Austin twin with cerebral palsy wants to be a rock star 12/13/2023

We are big fans of both Casey and Cody, as well as their rock-star mom, who never stops doing for the two of them. The family needs a lawyer to draw up a will for Phyllis to protect the boys, special diapers for Cody, and earphones for Casey. Thank you to everyone for your support for the Campos family and the Richard family!

Austin twin with cerebral palsy wants to be a rock star Help Casey Campos fulfill some of his music dreams, while helping his brother Cody with basic needs.

Couple moved to Austin to care for father dying of cancer. Now, husband has lung cancer. 12/12/2023

Austin Palliative Care patient Charles Richard and his wife, Nicole, are Season for Caring recipients and are so grateful for the support they have received!

Charles needs help selling his screen printing equipment. He had a screen printing business but the equipment is too physically taxing for him to operate. Is there anyone who could assist him in finding a buyer for the equipment & supplies?

Couple moved to Austin to care for father dying of cancer. Now, husband has lung cancer. Lung cancer diagnosis for Charles Richard has meant a loss of work for both himself and his wife who is caring for him.


Brent Annear, Chair of Hospice Austin's Board of Directors, had a letter to the editor published yesterday in the Austin American-Statesman in response to an op-ed piece about hospice care and President Jimmy Carter:

"Hospice care is about improving the quality of life for as long as life allows.

Re: Dec. 3 commentary, 'Carters shine a needed light on hospice care.' Dr. Wallace is correct.

The top-rated physicians and caregivers at Hospice Austin say the comment they hear most from patients and their loved ones is 'We wish we’d chosen hospice care sooner.' A study by the local St. David's Foundation backs that up. They found the best end-of-life experiences include receiving hospice care. Also, three-fourths of respondents want their final days to be in comfort and without pain, but sadly only one-third said their loved one’s end-of-life experience went as they wanted. (However, 73% of those in hospice care said the passing proceeded as the patient wished.)

That’s because hospice care is all about improving quality of life for as long as life will allow. Starting comfort care sooner is better.

As difficult as that decision must be, those who choose hospice – and earlier, like former President Jimmy Carter – are grateful they did."


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