We have a compassionate interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, spiritual counselors and trained volunteers that are focused on providing patients and families with comfort, quality of life, and a peaceful transition from life to death.
Deeply rooted in the virtues of hope, love and respect, both hospice care can be received at home, a skilled nursing facility or in the hospital. Palliative care can begin at diagnosis and be administered at the same time as curative care. When curative care is no longer effective, the patient transitions from palliative services to Hospice. When our Hospice team steps in to coordinate appropriate medical equipment, manage pain medication, and offer spiritual counsel when requested, the patient and family can shift to a calmer, peaceful and more meaningful family-centered experience.
THE HOSPICE CONVERSATION
When faced with an illness for which there is no cure possible, patients and their families experience a wide range of feelings, including fear, frustration and anger. Here are a few ways to handle some of these family concerns.
“Dad won’t even consider Hospice, but the rest of us believe It’s time. How do I start the conversation?”
Ask him how he wants to handle the remainder of his illness. This question helps set the tone for an honest discussion of your shared goals, and ultimately brings him closer to accepting Hospice care.
“Every time we talk about bringing in Hospice, my husband makes me feel like I am giving up on him and I feel terrible. How do I start the conversation?”
Let him know that you are doing the best you can for him. You know he’s in pain, but you don’t know what else you can do to make him more comfortable, and Hospice care will help manage the pain.
“My mother’s physician hasn’t mentioned Hospice, but I think It’s time to bring It up. How do I start the conversation?”
Ask the doctor to review Mom’s care options. If you are having this conversation with Mom, you then can discuss whether these options are close to her personal wishes. She may not know, so be prepared to discuss privately after the doctor visit.
“How do I explain Hospice to my children who are too young to really understand how sick their father Is?”
Be honest with them. Tell them that their father’s body is starting to break down and it’s no longer fixable. The Hospice nurses will make Dad more comfortable, and that will make him happier.
We offer daytime and evening grief support groups, as well as a week-long bereavement camp for children and teens- Camp Stepping Stones. All of our grief support programs are led by professional grief counselors, and they are offered at no charge thanks to the generosity of donors. Our annual Remembrance Service commemorates and honors our loved ones. This event provides solace to many families.