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Kellie Brockman, Transitions LifeCare

Everyone knows what hospice is, right? Not so, says Kellie Brockman, Provider Relations Manager of Transitions LifeCare (founded as Hospice of Wake County). Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on comfort and quality of life.

The Transitions LifeCare mission is to to care for individuals and families with compassion, support, and expertise as they navigate the end of life or life-changing illness.

Transitions LifeCare provides a continuum of end of life care which includes:

1. Hospice: compassionate, end-of-life care to people, and their families, who have a terminal illness and are seeking comfort care.

2. Transitions HomeHealth: transitional care for patients with serious, chronic or life threatening illnesses with a terminal trajectory, such as chronic liver or kidney failure.

3. Transitions PalliativeCare: specialty consultative service that focuses on reducing and relieving pain and other symptoms of life threatening illnesses.

4. Transitions GriefCare: bereavement care for hospice families and the community at large.

Transitions LifeCare provides these services for 5 plus counties: Wake, Johnston, Harnett, Franklin, Durham, Chatham and Chapel Hill/Carrboro. It is a non-profit hospice (not all are), and is unique in that it has Wake County's first free-standing 20-bed hospice home for inpatient and residential levels of hospice care.

Kellie, a 20+ year veteran of the senior care industry, has worked at Transitions LifeCare for over 5 years. In a previous position as an Executive Director of an assisted living facility, Kellie worked directly with hospices and understood the value they can provide.

Unfortunately, Kellie did not see this support for her grandfather. When she was in college, her grandfather spent his final weeks in the hospital. No one shared with her family the option of taking him home with hospice care, which they would have done, had they known about it.

While the majority of Transitions LifeCare patients are older adults, Transitions LifeCare provides end-of-life care in a variety of ways to anyone, regardless of age.

A common theme from families surveyed is "I wish I had called earlier. I didn't know how much you could help." That's Transitions LifeCare's goal-to educate the public about the many services Transitions LifeCare offers and to create access to end- of-life care support.

"I love my job. I wouldn't work anywhere else," declares Kellie. "I want to help." To prove it, Kellie offers her cell phone--919-816-7636-to anyone with questions. With that kind of service, Kellie's goal is attainable.

Transitions LifeCare
Hospice & Palliative Care 
Kellie Brockman, BS

250 Hospice Circle
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 828-0890

Article written by Susie Woodworth of Assisted Living

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