The peace of hospice
11/22/2016 11:56 AM
After 20 hospital visits in less than two years, Bobbie knew that her husband, Jim, would not be able to beat his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. They decided together that they would rather have medical care in their home than so many hospital stays.
Often, the biggest myth surrounding hospice care is that the family has given up and that death is imminent. The reality is that hospice care is personalized attention and support that gives the patient and family members more comfort in the privacy of their home.
When your loved one is terminally ill, you may feel that your grown children or neighbors can get you through the final weeks. Even if they make every effort, your friends and family also have jobs and families to tend to. And being a full-time caregiver can easily consume a person’s identity, so it’s wise to enlist the help of a hospice team who is skilled in the compassionate and dignified care of terminal illness.
Care in your home allows your loved one the comfort of calm, quiet familiar spaces and the pace of life they are used to. You can collaborate with the hospice team and your doctor to create a care regimen that benefits everyone.
Hospice workers have the experience to help you navigate end-of-life care. You have the support of doctors, nurses, therapists, health care aides, clergy and grief counselors to guide you through the process. They are on-call around the clock to ease your anxiety so you can rest in between visits.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do any of it without our team,” Bobbie shares. “Ann was a Godsend and Roxanne was the sweetest thing. CTMC has the most caring people.” Jim’s hospice care team provided his medical care on a schedule that worked for Bobbie. They helped with baths and shaving and grew to know the personal details of Jim’s days. They organized all of his special equipment like a shower chair, wheelchair and medicine tray.
“Most people can’t go out and buy all of the services they provided for us,” Bobbie added.
A key aspect of hospice care is the dignity it preserves. Hospice patients aren’t hooked up to loud machines or prodded with invasive procedures to prolong life. They are permitted to die with comfort and grace in their natural time.
Allison Hardy, CTMC Hospice director notes, “We provide the physical, emotional and spiritual care, so that patients and loved ones can spend the precious time remaining concentrating on things that are important to them.”
CTMC Hospice is the area’s only non-profit, faith-based agency. Under hospice supervision, out-of-pocket costs are significantly reduced and Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances help cover the fees. Check with your individual insurance to see what elements of hospice care are covered.