As I write this article, I am well aware that there are several misunderstandings when it comes to hospice care. Many people see hospice as a death sentence. Many see hospice as a place that just knocks you out with pain medicine. Many see hospice as a group of people who just take away people’s hope and interfere with doctors finding a cure. My friends, nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately, hospice care is misunderstood by many and I hope to clear up some of the misunderstanding. Many times I have told patients and families who just weren’t comfortable with the word “hospice” that I wish I could change our name to Amedisys “HELP US.” Because when we come to your home we are not there to add to your anxiety or steal your hope, but we’ve come to help you in so many ways.
#1 WE WILL…..DEAL WITH THE REALITY. Many people aren’t comfortable or willing to talk about the reality of death. Everyone who is dying needs to know the truth of their situation. Dealing with this reality properly and quickly will pave the way for the patient, family, and friends comfort and closure as death draws near. Every minute living in denial equals precious moments that are slipping away. The sooner you embrace the truth the more time you have to make necessary life adjustments, find peace, and move towards a necessary closure. Just because you don’t accept reality doesn’t mean reality has changed or will change. People need to hear the truth, spoken with love, and then be given the support necessary to get through this difficult season of life called “death.”
#2 WE WILL…. “GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER”.
This journey called dying can be very lonely. Our compassionate and professional staff can give you support in so many ways. Every patient and family has available to them the assistance of a registered nurse, home health aide, social worker, chaplain, and even volunteers when needed. We can’t replace you, but we can come alongside you making the journey a lot easier as together we take one day at a time.
#3 WE WILL… “MAXIMIZE YOUR COMFORT”. Our nurses make sure that your pain is kept under control 24/7, while providing you the opportunity of staying in the comfort of your own home. It’s a proven fact that when possible patients experience much greater comfort under hospice care and while being surrounded by family and friends.
#4 WE WILL…. “GIVE YOU A BREAK”
Taking care of someone you love is never easy and for sure not a “one man” job. We can provide volunteers that can sit with your loved one when necessary. Just having the hospice team involved will relieve you from carrying this burden alone. We will be there when you need us most to help you carry on when you desperately need a break.
#5 WE WILL…“INCREASE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE”
After embracing the reality of death comes the process of putting life into a new perspective. We want to help you make the most of what time you have left. No one wants to spend their last days or months going back and forth to doctors. No one wants to spend their last days without saying what they need to say and doing what they need to do. When you find yourself living on borrowed time, it is then time to focus on quality time, not quantity.
#6 WE WILL….“BRING YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER”
Death can scatter or gather a family. In the midst of your sickness, we aim to bring you and your loved ones together. Everyone needs to find peace, process this season, and come together. We will do all we can to help you find closure and deepen your connection to your loved ones. Death is a family affair and everyone needs to be brought together especially at this time where moments are precious.
#7 WE WILL…. “STAY BY YOUR SIDE”
Hospice care happens 24/7. Outside of daytime hours there is always help available. Several staff members are on call every moment of everyday. Anytime you need our support all you’ve got to do is pick up the phone. We will be by your side and stay by your side through it all.
#8 WE WILL…. “MAKE THIS TRANSITION EASIER”
Death is an appointment and a transition from this life to the next. With our help this transition can go smoothly and peacefully. From the moment a patient comes on our service we begin helping them and their family prepare for what lies ahead. We will remain by your side until your loved one draws their last breath.
#9 WE WILL ….. “HELP YOU DISCOVER SPIRITUAL PEACE”.
Death speaks louder than anything. When a person hears the words “You are dying” it can cause extreme panic and steal their joy in life. We believe God can give us peace even in the midst of this difficult time. Many who become very ill become disconnected from their faith community. We can bring the church to you and help everyone sort through the realities of this life and the life to come. Nothing is greater than dying with a smile on your face and peace in your heart.
#10 WE WILL…. PROVIDE YOU WITH “FREE” RESOURCES.
At this point, most are asking, “What’s all this going to cost me?” Hospice care won’t cost you a dime, but we may be able to save you quite a few. We provide you with competent staff, certain medications associated with your diagnosis, periodic respite care, a social worker who can connect you to outside resources, and even a chaplain who can help with spiritual support and funeral services. Whether you’re rich or poor, hospice can come along side you and your family and provide many much needed resources absolutely free to you.
“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven, a time to be born a time to die.” (Ecclesiastes 2:1-2)
When your time comes Amedisy Hospice WILL be there for you!