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Hospice Myths & Questions Answered

Hospice Myths & Questions Answered

Is Hospice a Place? Hospice is not a place, but rather an approach to care designed to enhance life and can be provided wherever you call home. This could be a private residence, assisted living community, or nursing center. Does involving Hospice Care mean we are...

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Preventing and Identifying Elder Scams

Preventing and Identifying Elder Scams

At Four Seasons, we care about your loved one's safety. In this article, you’ll find tips on scam identification and prevention, as well as what to do if your loved one is scammed. Additional resources are also provided. Scam Prevention & Identification According...

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Home Safety for Your Aging Loved One

Home Safety for Your Aging Loved One

At Four Seasons, we care about your loved one’s safety in their home. In this article, you’ll find ways to improve the safety conditions in their home as well as additional resources. Remove Throw and Area Rugs Rugs of any kind can be a tripping hazard for your loved...

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National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Four Seasons is grateful to be a leading provider of Palliative and Hospice Care in thirteen counties in Western North Carolina. During November, which is recognized as National Palliative and Hospice Care Month, we are dedicated to increasing awareness and providing...

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Celebrating Dr. Janet Bull’s Retirement

Celebrating Dr. Janet Bull’s Retirement

Dr. Janet Bull's Story Since January 2000, Dr. Janet Bull has faithfully served patients at Four Seasons, both directly and indirectly, and has grown the services of Four Seasons to better serve our community. We are so grateful for Dr. Bull's work at Four Seasons for...

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Jill Benson Awarded Pay It Forward Scholarship

Jill Benson Awarded Pay It Forward Scholarship

Four Seasons, the Care You Trust is pleased to award the Julie Thompson Pay It Forward Scholarship in honor of Edna and Norman Guice to Jill Benson. Given annually, this scholarship is for an employee to further his or her education at Blue Ridge Community College...

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Serious Illness & Hospice Care Blog

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Four Seasons is grateful to be a leading provider of Palliative and Hospice Care in thirteen counties in Western North Carolina. During November, which is recognized as National Palliative and Hospice Care Month, we are dedicated to increasing awareness and providing...

read more
Hospice Myths & Questions Answered

Hospice Myths & Questions Answered

Is Hospice a Place? Hospice is not a place, but rather an approach to care designed to enhance life and can be provided wherever you call home. This could be a private residence, assisted living community, or nursing center. Does involving Hospice Care mean we are...

read more
The Power of Music Therapy

The Power of Music Therapy

When COVID-19 rolled into Western North Carolina, questions about how best to care for our community took on a different tone. Hospice families welcome us not only into their homes, but also into emotionally and medically difficult times in their lives. I will never...

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Four Seasons Named a 2022 Hospice Honors Recipient

Four Seasons Named a 2022 Hospice Honors Recipient

Four Seasons Named a National 2022 Hospice Honors Recipient Four Seasons has been named a 2022 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys, and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious,...

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Home Care Blog

Home Safety for Your Aging Loved One

Home Safety for Your Aging Loved One

At Four Seasons, we care about your loved one’s safety in their home. In this article, you’ll find ways to improve the safety conditions in their home as well as additional resources. Remove Throw and Area Rugs Rugs of any kind can be a tripping hazard for your loved...

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How Does Passive Remote Monitoring Help My Loved One?

How Does Passive Remote Monitoring Help My Loved One?

Is your loved one at risk of falling in their home? Are you concerned that if unable to call for help, your loved one might be in distress without anyone knowing? Four Seasons Home Care can help with Passive Remote Monitoring. Passive Remote Monitoring, powered by...

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Home Care Announces Virtual Monitoring

Home Care Announces Virtual Monitoring

Four Seasons Home Care is pleased to announce that it will begin offering Passive Remote Monitoring for its clients. Passive Remote Activity Monitoring, powered by Zemplee, is the use of digital technology to collect daily activity data within a client’s home and...

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Patient & Family Support Services Blog

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Four Seasons is grateful to be a leading provider of Palliative and Hospice Care in thirteen counties in Western North Carolina. During November, which is recognized as National Palliative and Hospice Care Month, we are dedicated to increasing awareness and providing...

read more
Ritual as a Means of Processing Grief

Ritual as a Means of Processing Grief

It was the same spot where he sat the day before. On that day, with his mother and brothers, he watched his father’s casket slowly sink into the ground. I watched intently as the pain of grief took control of his countenance and moved him to his knees from where he...

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So, What about the 5 Stages of Grief?

So, What about the 5 Stages of Grief?

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross is considered to be one of the pioneers of the hospice movement. Still a relatively new approach to end-of-life care, the hospice movement began in the US in the early 1970s. The first established hospice opened in 1974 in Branford, Connecticut....

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The Power of Music Therapy

The Power of Music Therapy

When COVID-19 rolled into Western North Carolina, questions about how best to care for our community took on a different tone. Hospice families welcome us not only into their homes, but also into emotionally and medically difficult times in their lives. I will never...

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Learning to Stand Again

Learning to Stand Again

After losing his wife, Robin, Bill Tankersley struggled to stand again. Through volunteering at Four Seasons, Bill slowly found his purpose again. Read about how volunteering and supporting the people who cared so dearly for his wife helps Bill to push through even...

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A Day in the Life of a Social Worker by Kelly Caudle

A Day in the Life of a Social Worker by Kelly Caudle

Meeting people for the first time is always interesting. Inevitably, someone is going to ask, “What do you do for a living?”. I explain I am a Hospice social worker and immediately, the eyes widen, and you hear a slight gasp followed by “Wow…it takes a special person...

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Four Seasons Mission Moments

Read stories from families we have been privileged to serve and from our treasured team members.

The Power of Music Therapy

The Power of Music Therapy

When COVID-19 rolled into Western North Carolina, questions about how best to care for our community took on a different tone. Hospice families welcome us not only into their homes, but also into emotionally and medically difficult times in their lives. I will never...

read more
We Provide Trusted Collaboration

We Provide Trusted Collaboration

Four Seasons is committed to providing Trusted Collaboration because we believe that we can best serve our patients by working closely together. The following story told by a Four Seasons team member shows how our staff works together to adapt and care for our...

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Wally Ruck’s Gift to Lois’ Linens

Wally Ruck’s Gift to Lois’ Linens

Lois’ Linens was established in 2017 in memory of Lois Vera Cruz. When Lois entered Four Seasons hospice care, Four Seasons arranged for a hospital bed to be delivered to her home. Without twin-sized sheets to cover the bed, the family had to purchase them...

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Learning to Stand Again

Learning to Stand Again

After losing his wife, Robin, Bill Tankersley struggled to stand again. Through volunteering at Four Seasons, Bill slowly found his purpose again. Read about how volunteering and supporting the people who cared so dearly for his wife helps Bill to push through even...

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Blessed by Care, Wisdom, & Ongoing Support

Blessed by Care, Wisdom, & Ongoing Support

As shared by David Riddle, Spouse of Hospice Patient My wife, Peggy Riddle, entered hospice care in October 2019 and entered heaven on February 8, 2020. Throughout that time, our family was repeatedly blessed by the care, wisdom, and ongoing support from Peggy’s care...

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A Simple Fishing Trip

A Simple Fishing Trip

Sometimes casting a fishing pole in the water is the best gift a person can get and that was certainly true with this story. Years ago, a patient was referred to Four Seasons that was a good candidate to take part in a Clinical Research Trial on managing pain caused...

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Our People

Read stories about our leaders & staff (see our Volunteer Blog below as well).

Celebrating Dr. Janet Bull’s Retirement

Celebrating Dr. Janet Bull’s Retirement

Dr. Janet Bull's Story Since January 2000, Dr. Janet Bull has faithfully served patients at Four Seasons, both directly and indirectly, and has grown the services of Four Seasons to better serve our community. We are so grateful for Dr. Bull's work at Four Seasons for...

read more
Jill Benson Awarded Pay It Forward Scholarship

Jill Benson Awarded Pay It Forward Scholarship

Four Seasons, the Care You Trust is pleased to award the Julie Thompson Pay It Forward Scholarship in honor of Edna and Norman Guice to Jill Benson. Given annually, this scholarship is for an employee to further his or her education at Blue Ridge Community College...

read more
A Day in the Life of a Social Worker by Kelly Caudle

A Day in the Life of a Social Worker by Kelly Caudle

Meeting people for the first time is always interesting. Inevitably, someone is going to ask, “What do you do for a living?”. I explain I am a Hospice social worker and immediately, the eyes widen, and you hear a slight gasp followed by “Wow…it takes a special person...

read more

Volunteer Blog

Read stories about our volunteers, volunteer opportunities and more!

I Love Volunteering!

I Love Volunteering!

If you’ve ever shopped at the Home Store in downtown Hendersonville, Volunteer Mary Coffey is probably no stranger! Her professional background began with a degree in education and later blossomed into a successful career with Maytag International as a Training and...

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Patty Vega Home Store Volunteer Spotlight

Patty Vega Home Store Volunteer Spotlight

Patty came to volunteer at Four Seasons after her husband was cared for at Elizabeth House in 2015. He fought a long battle with cancer and, as she recounts, “The services he received and the assistance I was given allowed me to be strong for him and make his last...

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Volunteering Here is Special

Volunteering Here is Special

I first learned about Four Seasons through my student advisor, Vanessa Capps. Four Seasons was a volunteering option available to me to complete my hours for the Work-Based Learning Program at Blue Ridge Community College. Before learning of this opportunity, I was...

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Finding the Right Place: Volunteer Sandy Williams

Finding the Right Place: Volunteer Sandy Williams

It was 1986. I was working at my husband’s dental office raising two teenage daughters and was involved in many community activities when my mother was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. I was devastated. At first, our family managed to care for my mother. As an...

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Serving & Educating Our Community

Serving & Educating Our Community

Fritz and Christine (Chris) Becker embody the definition of “salt of the earth.” With backgrounds in service organizations, Fritz and Chris bring a unique and valued perspective to their volunteer work at the Home Store. The Beckers are originally from New York. Fritz...

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Finding My Life’s Passion

Finding My Life’s Passion

“Ms. Brenda,” as she’s known around the Foundation, is the definition of love and kindness. Born in Wisconsin, Brenda Shearer’s background is nothing short of impressive. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading Language Arts, has co-authored four...

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