At Altus Hospice, the emphasis is on palliative care and quality of life. Every effort is made to make the patient as comfortable as possible and fulfill the distinct wishes of the individual and their family. Our interdisciplinary care team is highly trained to provide the practical, emotional and spiritual support for all involved.
We believe that every person has a right to choose how their final days are spent. We’ll begin our relationship with you by listening carefully, answering your questions and working to create a care plan that is tailored to the unique needs and desires of each individual and family. With a commitment to quality of life and preservation of dignity, you can be assured that you and your family will receive the care and support you need, when you need it.
In our continued commitment to providing exceptional care to the greater Houston community, we are pleased to announce the opening of the Altus Hospice In Patient Unit (IPU) in Sugar Land, Texas. Scheduled to open in the Fall of 2014, the IPU will provide an additional care option for hospice patients and their families.
Our staff wants to help in any way we can and welcomes the opportunity to answer your questions and talk more about how we can best support your needs. To contact us, click here for our list of locations or learn more by visiting our website at altushospicecare.com
The experience of grief is unique to everyone. It is natural, necessary and highly personal. At Altus Hospice, we understand the grieving process and realize that while healing can’t be rushed, it can be helped with the right tools.
Learning about grief, sharing your experience, and developing effective coping techniques can provide additional comfort and healing after the loss of a loved one. Altus Hospice offers a number of bereavement services to the loved ones of our patients to provide adequate support throughout the grief process. Anticipatory grief support is also available.
Monthly Calls and Newsletters
Bereaved loved ones will be contacted by a licensed counselor every month, typically in the form of either a phone call or monthly mailing, or more as needed. Mailings include our Hope for Healing Newsletter, which provides helpful information about the grief experience as well as tips for coping with the loss.
Individual, Family and Group Counseling
Altus Hospice offers complementary individual, family or group counseling to the friends and families of our patients for up to 13 months following the death of the patient. Counseling is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 8:00pm.
Grief counseling will be unique for each person as each individual has distinct needs. In the wake of a loss, you may not know where to start. This is normal. Our experienced counselors know how to help. Here are some grief-counseling themes they may explore with you:
- Working through anger or guilt that just won’t go away or resolving unfinished business
- Identifying and expressing your emotions
- Memorializing the person who passed, remembering them in special ways
- Answering the important identity question — “Who am I without my loved one?”
- Communicating with family and friends who may not understand your grief or may grieve differently
- Developing your support system and outlining your support needs
- Learning to take care of your body, mind and spirit
- Learning and applying effective coping techniques and activities to promote peace and healing
- Providing shared grief support with others who have experienced similar loss
Mending Hearts Grief Support Groups
The Mending Hearts Grief Support Group is a six-week, educationally-based support group that meets in various locations around the Greater Houston area. These support groups provide a safe place where hurting people can reconcile their losses and find new meaning in life. Support groups have been helpful in a variety of ways:
- Providing emotional and spiritual support in a safe, nonjudgmental environment
- Educating participants about the grief process and effective coping techniques
- Giving opportunities to meet people with similar experiences, thoughts and feelings
- Preventing the isolation which many experience in this culture that avoids mourning
- Creating a forum to exchange ideas, knowledge and memories and explore the meaning in life and death
Support for Children and Teens
Individual and group counseling with a licensed social worker is available to children and teens of all ages. Creative activities are often utilized to further engage children, allowing them to fully express their grief and providing them with a greater understanding of their thoughts and emotions. In the near future, Altus Hospice will provide annual Grief Camps for children.
Workshops are available at various times throughout the year to provide education on specific topics, such as Coping During the Holidays, Caregiver Support, Art Therapy, Yoga for Healing and more.
Annual Butterfly Release/Celebration of Life
Each fall, Altus Hospice hosts a ceremony to honor the lives of family, friends and loved ones. The ceremony typically includes live music, a brief message, the release of hundreds of butterflies, a slideshow and a reception with refreshments.