If your loved one stays for three days you will be asked to leave unless they are in a coma. Then they want to send you to one of their long term care facilities. Do not go into this blindfolded by promises of a peaceful end of life. Remember if your loved one doesn’t decline quickly (within 3 days) even if they are terminal they will transport you out of here. They will not tell you this when they talk to you at first. They will not mention it until the day before they want to move your loved one. If your loved one eats a minimal amount of food a day (chicken broth, sherbet, four strawberries) they are too alive to be here. They want your loved one to come in comatose and leave dead so you can receive a pin service. Beautiful place but they do not adhere to their motto.
From the start, I was not impressed. The nurse who came to our home to initiate my mother reeked of cigarette smoke and had a chronic cough further jeopardizing my mother's already compromised immune system. Upon my arrival to hospice, after my mother was transported to their center from the hospital, I was told she had not arrived yet - Immediately, provoking me to think she did not survive the commute. As I was shown the room she would be staying in, I found her tucked away, out of view, behind a room partition. When I asked the nurses to help straighten my mother's body into an up right position (she could no longer move herself), they both just stared at her for an indecent amount of time. Whether they were contemplating the approach or not, I found the action to be very unnerving. I finally had to ask what they were simply staring at. To put the proverbial icing on the cake, I had explicitly requested not to have any pain medicine administered, as this was my mother's wish. The nurse shoved morphine into her mouth when my mother began to cry out for me. As my mother was dying, the same nurse who administered the unwanted pain medicine, casually told me: "I knew she would die tonight, but I didn't think it would be this soon, keep talking to her", and walked out of the room. Perhaps if I was more accustomed to the death of a loved one, these words would not have pained me so much to hear as they were dripping with desensitized indifference. The ONLY good things I can say about my 48 hour experience with hospice - decent facility and Tiffany, the hospice liaison my mother met at the hospital, had more compassion than anyone I encountered during this horrible situation.
The Gulfside Center was excellent. It was like a resort so it was relaxing, and the fact that they provided food for the family members just made it easier to come and go and stay when you needed to. They allowed me and my father to stay there with my mother for 7 days and 7 nights. I have nothing bad to say about them. They were very friendly, and the doctor was excellent. Everything was great. I would recommend Gulfside to anyone in the area. They were very respectful to the family and to the patient.
Gulfside Center for Hospice Care is a hospice care provider serving Zephyrhills, FL and the surrounding area. Gulfside Center for Hospice Care offers care and emotional, social, and spiritual support for patients and their families in end-of-life scenarios. Contact the provider for more details on services and rates.