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Hospice Care

Dispelling Myths About Hospice

Hospice…the word often evokes feelings of sadness and hopelessness, yet hospice is so much more. It’s not about adding days to someone’s life, it’s about adding life to someone’s days. Watch this video presented by VITAS Hospice to learn more…

HOSPICE – A TELLING STORY OF AN ACT OF KINDNESS

Photo courtesy of Flickr and bfraz

I was sent the story I am about to share and I always give credit to the author but I have no idea who wrote this beautiful piece. It brought tears to my eyes which is not why I am sharing but rather that I hope it helps each of us to reach out to others. As you read this story remember that people may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

“I arrived at the address where someone had requested a taxi. I honked but no one came out. I honked again, nothing. So I walked to the door and knocked. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. (more…)

Hospice Chaplains Take Up Bedside Counseling

(Photo courtesy of Flickr and Tidewater Muse)

Being at the bedside of a dying person is a profound and often life-changing experience. It was for me. I got to know more about my dad and who he was as he was dying than in all of the previous years he was alive. Having had a traditional fear of dying, I was not prepared for the honesty and raw emotion that comes with helping a person die “well”. In the end, it was the hospice people that showed us incredible grace and compassion. I am forever grateful for their dedication to families like mine.

It was with great interest that I read the following article from today’s NY Times, about the new breed of non-denominational hospice chaplains. They are true heroes and deserves our deep admiration. I hope you enjoy the story: (more…)

After 55 Living Radio Episode 16 – Volunteering for Hospice

Learn about Hospice from Linda Vance, Director of Volunteer Services for Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. She talks about how hospice cares for the family unit, how to use Medicare to pay for hospice care and how hospice care is not only for the last 48 hours of life.

Volunteers are a vital part of the day-today operations of hospice. Find out about how volunteering for hospice can be a life changing experience.

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Hospice Care – In The Hospital Or At Home?

  

This video shows the tough decisions a family must go through when end of life decisions need to be made. I believe the majority of us, if given the choice, would prefer to die in our own home. The family in the video has a family meeting and they discuss all the options for caring for their loved one. We brought in hospice for my parents as they wanted to be at home for their final moments. With my father-in-law, the decision was made for him to be in the hospice wing of a local hospital. From having seen both at-home hospice and hospice within the hospital, I would proceed differently (more…)