Apex Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc is committed to providing care for those with chronic illness, and their families, through the practice of Standards of Excellence. “Not one front line worker has had COVID” states Chief Executive Officer of Apex, Shelley Cartwright.
On this episode of the SNF Spotlight series, we spoke directly with Shelley Cartwright of Apex Hospice and Palliative Care about COVID-19 and the effects it has had on hospice patients. While Shelley states that Apex was well prepared with PPE and her team was well versed in wearing it, she mentions the trials of having families wear PPE in order for the staff to feel comfortable with others entering the building.
“80% of our patients are at home,” states Cartwright. To avoid the spread of COVID-19, patients have had limited or no visitation from their loved ones at home. It has made them feel disconnected and has left them very emotional. To make up for this, the Apex staff has been making more contact than they normally would. Listen to all the amazing things Apex Hospice is doing for patients and families during this time in our interview.