By Andrea Botham

The Andrew and Eula Carlos Hospice Atlanta Center opened in Brookhaven in 1996, creating an in-patient facility allowing acute patients with a life expectancy of six months or less to spend their final days in a peaceful setting.

Part of Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta, an organization that has been around for more than 60 years, patients of Hospice Atlanta Center are given the opportunity to receive compassionate end-of-life care.

With over 100 employees and 250 volunteers, Hospice Atlanta works with a team approach, including physicians, social workers, Chaplains and spiritual advisors, and nurses.

The non-profit facility aims to care for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. With 36 rooms, many overlooking gardens, the center is open to families 24 hours a day, taking some of the stress away during such a difficult time. The facility includes a children’s play area, a library, spiritual center and various family areas.

Along with the inpatient care that Hospice Atlanta offers, they also have hospice nurses for patients who prefer to stay at home, managing pain control, as well as a respite care program, where patients with long-term terminal illnesses can enter the facility for a few days, giving their caregivers a break.

Hospice Atlanta hosts the bi-annual Camp STARS for families who have experienced the loss of loved ones. In November the camp is held for kids only, giving them a chance to speak with grief counsellors and trained therapists who understand loss while enjoying a true camp experience.

Hospice Atlanta Center is located at 1244 Park Vista Drive. To arrange an in-person tour, please call 404-869-3000.