A week after its board voted to cease operations, the county’s only nonprofit hospice group decided to remain open. The board announced plans to continue as a leaner operation.

Have no fear Hospice Care Team is still here. HCT has a mission to provide hope, help and comfort to the terminally ill. The concern of HCT is to inform the public regarding the services before the life-threatening illness occurs.

When a person is diagnosed as terminally ill, the patient will continue being both a living person and a dying person at the same time. The patient is usually referred to Hospice by the primary physician. References can be made by family members, clergy or health professionals.

HCT is available for all ages. The focus of care is on the quality of remaining life — not necessarily on prolonging life. 

HCT allows the patient to die at home in the arms of a loved one. This allows support from the family. The patient has more control of his or her life.

Payment of services may be through Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and charitable organizations.

HCT makes it clear that no one is refused because of lack of insurance.

Please remember that Hospice Care Team is a nonprofit, always has been.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Hospice Care Team at 409-938-0070 or visit www.hospicecareteam.org.

Clark Hall lives in Texas City.

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