This is worth reading and provides a good perspective of working in a hospice.
This quote stood out for me: “Over the course of 90 minutes, I watched a stunning transformation. I watched a scared and rather tense family walk in with their loved one, worried about outcomes and next steps. I watched as Penny and Kim, two masters at work, calmed their fears and offered a new lifeline; one that would give them additional, regular visits from an entire team of expert clinicians and 24/7 emergency support whenever they needed it. This hospice lifeline would largely take the guesswork out of caring for Mrs. S. It would allow the primary caregivers to go back to being a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter. The family left the appointment with relief and smiles on their faces, secure in the knowledge that they were doing the right thing for Mrs. S.”
Hospice/Palliative Care is about the relationship, communication, assistance, the team as a whole providing the patient and family with what is needed.
Thank you Andrea for this post!
by Andrea Powell, HPCCR Marketing Manager
When I first started working for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (over seven years ago!), I remember that I was pretty much awed on a daily basis. As I started learning about the powerful impact of end-of-life care, every story I heard was groundbreaking (it seemed). The results of every study extolling the virtues of comfort care were worthy of shouting from the rooftops. I realized then (and still believe now) that every single person on the planet should know about hospice. Wide-spread education about this amazing and crucial service is the linchpin to eradicating the fear that so often comes along with it.
The WOW factor is slightly different now at work. Don’t get me wrong, I am still completely awed by the inspiring people around me who work for this organization. That hasn’t, and won’t, change. In fact, I am in tears almost daily…
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