Melissa Orth, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities, is pleased to announce the expansion of its services through The Legacy at Home with the addition of hospice services. The Legacy at Home is one of the largest not-for-profit home health providers in Greater Dallas. The Jewish-sponsored agency offers comprehensive Medicare-certified home health care, personal assistance with daily living, and hospice services with the same level of distinction and professionalism that has defined its parent organization, The Legacy Senior Communities, for 65 years.
“With the addition of hospice services, we can now deliver the full continuum of care for the Dallas community. Our retirement communities and home health agency offer all levels of care and anything a senior would need,” said Orth. “Each person’s end-of-life journey is unique, and hospice services will offer seniors and their families compassionate care when they need it most. We are privileged to meet with families to provide comfort and peace so they can focus on time together and honor the wishes of loved ones.”
“We’re proud to offer the first Jewish-sponsored hospice program in Dallas,” said Dot Haymann, chair of the board for The Legacy at Home. “Our customized hospice services will reduce pain and anxiety through symptom management, provide emotional support for the entire family, advocate for last wishes, and give those we care for more quality days. With an accomplished team of caring professionals, we bring decades of experience and a wealth of resources to provide high-quality, patient- and family-centered hospice care wherever the patient calls home.”
“We believe in a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes,” said Jessica Haecker, executive director of The Legacy at Home. “Even if it is just a shoulder to lean on or a hand to hold, we seek to support and care for patients and families during their hospice journey.”
The Legacy Senior Communities is a Jewish-sponsored organization deeply committed to its heritage and honoring Jewish traditions. The organization is accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice, which ensures that staff and volunteers are trained in the full spectrum of Jewish traditions, beliefs and customs associated with death and mourning. However, The Legacy at Home provides all faiths with exceptional services that honor all spiritual beliefs.
“We provide quality care tailored to each patient and their family in order to respect the needs, desires, traditions and faiths of all those we serve,” said Elise Power, Jewish community liaison for The Legacy at Home Hospice. “It’s an honor and a privilege to care for those at the end of life’s journey and to help families accept the loss of their loved ones.”
“In my experience, patients and families often feel overwhelmed after receiving a terminal prognosis,” said Susan Veasey, director of Hospice Service for The Legacy at Home. “Families often come to us uncertain of what lies ahead, and during our initial conversation we have the opportunity to create a space where difficult conversations can occur and fears can be relieved through the decision to choose quality days. Often, you can feel the tension break in the room when a patient and their family is at peace with the decision to choose hospice. For most, that moment occurs when they realize they don’t have to go through this alone, as our compassionate team of experts will be walking alongside them. That’s why I do what I do – because I believe hospice means a greater quality of life.”
The Legacy at Home hospice is dedicated to those it serves. With every relationship, families can expect the same level of expert and compassionate care that has defined The Legacy Senior Communities since 1953. Services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance plans with a hospice benefit, or private pay. For more information about our hospice, home health, personal assistance services or to schedule an appointment, please call 972.244.7700 or visit thelegacyathome.org.