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Serving more than 1,100 patients daily in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, Tidewell is one of the largest not-for-profit hospices in the U.S. Home-based palliative care is the basic premise of Tidewell’s services, involving the support of physicians, registered nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, chaplains and volunteers, all following a prescribed plan of care. Tidewell’s services are available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

The reward of caring for those with advanced illness is at the heart of hospice and a catalyst in the continuing impact hospice has had for individuals across the nation. Nowhere is it more evident than on Florida’s gulf coast, where Tidewell cares for more than 8,000 patients every year.

Founded in 1980, Tidewell has grown significantly in the past three decades. Although hospice is often misunderstood as care just for cancer patients, Tidewell admits patients with a broad range of diagnoses, including heart and lung disease, AIDS, renal failure, ALS and end-stage Alzheimer’s. Any disease with a predictable prognosis of six months or less is within Tidewell’s admission criteria.

Creating a quality, dignified end-of-life experience is Tidewell’s goal. In doing so, Tidewell pays tribute to the principles that distinguish hospice from other types of health care providers.

Since 1989, Approved Home Health has built a solid reputation by delivering quality home health care to clients in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. In 2010, Approved Home Health became part of the Stratum Health System family.

Approved Home Health’s alignment with Tidewell Hospice was a natural fit, since both agencies have always been passionate about helping people remain independent and stay in their homes, if that is their preference. Approved Home Health also supports people who have moved into a nursing home or assisted living facility by providing a level of one-on-one care that goes beyond what’s available at those facilities.

Trust your care, or a family member’s care, to a company that has the experience, dedication and commitment to service that is so important to a successful client-caregiver relationship.

On Dec. 20, 2012, Tidewell opened the Treasures Thrift Shop in Venice’s Bird Bay Plaza on U.S. 41 Bypass North. The store soon expanded to take over a vacant store next door, and it became clear based on sales and traffic figures that Venice was the best place for Treasures.

From its inception, Treasures has specialized in home furnishings, small appliances and housewares. But shoppers also will find a great selection of clothing, books, fabrics/linens, jewelry, framed art, gifts and collectibles.

All of the proceeds from Treasures support Tidewell Hospice. Tidewell, a local not-for-profit hospice, has provided compassionate care for patients and families facing end-of-life challenges since 1980. Tidewell serves Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Care is accomplished through home-based, support care programs. Though the majority of Tidewell’s funding comes through Medicare reimbursements, charitable contributions like proceeds from Treasures Thrift Shop allow Tidewell to provide end-of-life care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. In Fiscal Year 2016, Tidewell provided $3.1 million in services for which it received no direct compensation.

Connexis Medical Services is the newest addition to the Stratum Health System family of companies, bringing expert, primary medical care to patients’ homes. Connexis Physicians@Home provide in-home visits in assisted-living and skilled-nursing facilities throughout Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, as well as private homes. During their house calls, the physicians perform physical examinations, medication management and arrange for any testing that can be accomplished at the patient’s living quarters.

The services provided by Connexis Physicians@Home are covered by Medicare and most major insurance providers.

Tidewell Real Estate represents and manages Stratum Health System’s investments in land and property, including 10 administrative buildings, a warehouse facility and seven in-patient hospice care centers. An eighth hospice care center is currently under construction in Lakewood Ranch.