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Bill Troutman’s Story and Veteran Pinning Ceremony

Bill Troutman’s Story and Veteran Pinning Ceremony

Four Seasons was honored to provide our 1000th Veteran pinning ceremony to Bill Troutman in February 2024. Bill's wife, Elaine, told Bill's story at the ceremony, and we invite you to read her words below. You can also view the video of this special ceremony below. We...

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Dr. Ruth Thomson, DO, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM, FACOI

Dr. Ruth Thomson, DO, MBA, HMDC, FAAHPM, FACOI

Dr. Ruth Thomson brings more than 20 years of hospice and palliative care experience to her role as Chief Medical Officer at Four Seasons, The Care You Trust. She has her DO from Ohio University and MBA from Wright State University, and is triple board-certified in...

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Four Seasons Home Care Named 6th in Nation

Four Seasons Home Care Named 6th in Nation

Four Seasons is proud to announce that we received the distinguished 2024 Best of Home Care –Top 100 Leader in Experience Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in experience management for senior personal care, placing 6th in the nation. The Top 100 Leader in...

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Volunteering at Four Seasons is a Work of Heart

Volunteering at Four Seasons is a Work of Heart

Volunteering at Four Seasons is a Work of Heart. Many of our volunteers know first-hand how palliative and hospice care benefits patients and families. Read their stories and what volunteering at Four Seasons means to them below.Bill Tankersley After losing his wife,...

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Navigating the Post Holiday Blues with Children

Navigating the Post Holiday Blues with Children

Author: Jay Wilson, MSW, LCSWA- Four Seasons Child & Adolescent Grief Coordinator The Joy of the Holiday Season The holidays can be an exciting time. For many people, they bring a change of routine and a collective, concerted effort for positivity. The news cycle...

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Serious Illness & Hospice Care Blog

Four Seasons Introduces Mobile Care Unit

Four Seasons Introduces Mobile Care Unit

Four Seasons Introduces Mobile Palliative Care Unit Four Seasons introduces its new mobile medical clinic. The mobile clinic and SIM mannequin will enhance training for our staff throughout Western North Carolina. The mobile unit will also allow Four Seasons to...

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5 Reasons to Call Hospice Sooner

5 Reasons to Call Hospice Sooner

It's a myth that Hospice is only for the final days of life. In fact, it’s recommended that as soon as you are eligible for hospice, you call us, so that the time you have left is on your terms and so that we can ensure that your wishes are carried out. To qualify for...

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Four Seasons Announces Pediatric Care Program

Four Seasons Announces Pediatric Care Program

Four Seasons is pleased to announce its new Pediatric Palliative & Hospice Care Program, Riversong. Although palliative and hospice care are often provided to aging persons, there are cases where pediatric patients are in need of these types of care. Four Seasons...

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How I Became a Hospice Volunteer

How I Became a Hospice Volunteer

Author: Dave Stewart, Hospice Volunteer How I Became a Hospice Volunteer I have been a Hospice volunteer since 2018. Before 2018, I had heard that Hospice was an organization that helped terminally ill patients, but that was about it. My sister developed a brain...

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The Power of Unconditional Giving

The Power of Unconditional Giving

Author: Elise Boren, Hospice Volunteer The Power of Unconditional Giving You're missing out on a huge opportunity for just a little of your time! I would like to share my experience with the immense power of giving. I have been involved with hospice care on one level...

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The Gift of Volunteering for Hospice

The Gift of Volunteering for Hospice

Author: Julia Hunt, Four Seasons Volunteer The Gift of Volunteering I recently heard that Jimmy Carter has chosen to go into hospice. When I heard this I said to myself, “What a gift it would be to be able to be his volunteer.” Of course, what is true for me is that...

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Patient & Family Support Services Blog

Males as Caregivers

Males as Caregivers

Author: Judy Edwards, BSSW, MCRP, Social Work Care Navigator According to AARP, two out of five unpaid caregivers in the United States are men (Jean Accius, PhD, AARP Public Policy Institute (2017). Although not traditionally recognized for performing caregiving...

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How Care Navigation Helps

How Care Navigation Helps

What do you do when your aging loved one lives in a different area from the person(s) who would be their primary caregiver and wants to stay there as they age? How do you make sure they are safe and receiving the care they need? Lisa Cole found herself in this exact...

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Social Workers are Essential

Social Workers are Essential

Author: Judy Edwards, BSSW, MCRP, Social Work Navigator Social Workers support communities and people in need including those experiencing poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, loss, disability, mental illness, aging, and much more. In short,...

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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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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 rediscovered his purpose. 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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Four Seasons Mission Moments

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

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 rediscovered his purpose. 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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What does Dignity have to do with Clinical Research?

What does Dignity have to do with Clinical Research?

Years ago, we had a patient who had enrolled himself in an Opioid-Induced Constipation study. He had multiple amputations and suffered severe ongoing pain and discomfort on a daily basis. He was on a large amount of pain medications prescribed to him to try to...

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The Patient that Taught Me to See

The Patient that Taught Me to See

Being new to Four Seasons at the time, I was constantly in awe of every opportunity I was given to visit with our patients. This particular patient and visit were ones that changed my perception and opened my eyes. This patient was a well-traveled lady and retired...

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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...

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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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Volunteer Blog

Read stories about our volunteers, volunteer opportunities and more!

The Power of Unconditional Giving

The Power of Unconditional Giving

Author: Elise Boren, Hospice Volunteer The Power of Unconditional Giving You're missing out on a huge opportunity for just a little of your time! I would like to share my experience with the immense power of giving. I have been involved with hospice care on one level...

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The Gift of Volunteering for Hospice

The Gift of Volunteering for Hospice

Author: Julia Hunt, Four Seasons Volunteer The Gift of Volunteering I recently heard that Jimmy Carter has chosen to go into hospice. When I heard this I said to myself, “What a gift it would be to be able to be his volunteer.” Of course, what is true for me is that...

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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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