Transitions is a community program from Benton Hospice Service designed to help individuals and families live well with a serious, life-limiting illness. Transitions is for those who are either not ready for, or not appropriate for, hospice care.
Dealing with a serious illness can be overwhelming, confusing, frustrating, and even frightening for the seriously ill person, as well as for their family. Maintaining independence while learning to rely on others can be a challenge.
The Transitions program is designed to help people navigate the physical, social, and emotional changes that arise with a serious illness.
Participation in this program is voluntary and anyone can refer. A phone call to Transitions at Benton Hospice Service is all that is needed to get started. We can answer questions and help determine whether Transitions is appropriate.
Transitions offers connection to community resources, companionship and emotional support, practical help with errands and light housekeeping, education about illness and what comes next, and respite or a ‘little time off’ for caregivers.
After assessing a client’s needs, a case manager connects clients with appropriate community resources. The case manager may also assign a volunteer for ongoing support. The case manager continues to monitor each client’s changing needs and offer referrals to appropriate resources.
There is no charge to Transitions clients. Transitions is supported by generous community grants and donations. Gifts to Transitions are gratefully accepted and are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Transitions services are available in a client’s home, wherever that may be.
Anyone who has a life-limiting illness can use Transitions, whether or not they are receiving active treatment for an illness.
Call Transitions for help if someone you know is dealing with a life-limiting illness and:
Anyone can refer to Transitions—the client himself, doctors, social workers, facilities, family members, or friends. A Transitions team member always notifies the client’s physician that Transitions is being utilized. The client, or a person able to speak on his or her behalf, must ultimately choose Transitions.
Volunteers extend the work of the case manager, enabling Transitions services to be free for clients. A team of generous volunteers contribute a rich variety of skills and backgrounds, allowing Transitions to offer clients a wide range of possibilities for support.
Transitions clients may have a longer life expectancy and can still be pursuing curative treatment. Transitions offers support, but no direct care, nor does it cover any expenses related to the illness. In contrast, hospice patients have a six-month prognosis and are no longer receiving active curative treatment. Hospice provides regular care by a clinical team as well as medications related to the terminal diagnosis, equipment, and supplies. Costs for Transitions are covered by grants and donations while costs for hospice are usually paid for by Medicare or private insurance.
If you would like more information, or to talk with the Transitions Coordinator, please call or email.