Reasons I love Memorial’s Hospice Team

For weeks now, I have been trying to articulate the value of using hospice services.  It’s hard to be succinct about every aspect in which hospice affects a dying patient and their family or support team.  We have been through an exhausting ordeal with Mom’s illness in the last 3 months.  Everyone seems to think calling hospice means imminent death. Well, that’s not how I think about hospice!  The ironic thing is that we didn’t have much hope for Mom until we called hospice in. Amazing things happened, and her quality of life was increased immeasurably!  If you are unsure about when to call hospice, then you probably need them now.  Call!  Once you learn about all they have to offer, you’ll be glad you called.  I promise you.

15 Reasons I love Memorial’s Hospice Team

Hospice brought a social worker; a tactical leader to a stressful situation.

  1. Hospice team knew how to order needed medical equipment.
  2. Hospice team addressed the concerns of the whole family.
  3. Hospice team affirmed our efforts to provide care ourselves.
  4. Hospice acknowledged our love of dogs and didn’t mind them in the house.
  5. Hospice did not preach or criticize any of us.
  6. Hospice spoke about the death process in a matter-of-fact way and did not avoid it.
  7. Hospice was available and responsive at all hours.
  8. Hospice did not judge us for our questions . . . ever.
  9. Hospice drew us out with gentle questions, helping us identify our fears and work through them.
  10. Hospice reassured us.
  11. Hospice laughed with us as a family.
  12. Hospice encouraged Mom to live her best life as long as she could.
  13. Hospice grieved with us when Mom died.
  14. Hospice normalized for us the natural process of dying; a gift which has already enriched our lives beyond measure.

What is hospice?

Hospice is a program of care and support for patients and families who are faced with a terminal illness. Hospice helps terminally ill people live their best lives, as comfortably as possible. The focus is on comfort, not on curing an illness.

Where is hospice?
Hospice is not a place or a location; it’s a healthcare option. The best “place” for hospice is the place that the patient calls “home.” Care can be delivered in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living and retirement communities and in hospitals.

Who should I call about hospice services?
Memorial Hospice
Phone: 509-574-6744 or visit yakimahomehealthhospice.org for more information.

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