I recently attended an all-staff meeting. Our hospice team spoke regarding what hospice provides, what hospice means to the patient and their families. They told touching stories about their experience with families and patients. I could feel the emotion in their stories. My colleagues could as well. Some presenters became emotional. 

Hospice care  provides holistic care treating the mind, body and spirit of those persons nearing the end of life’s journey. What does that really mean?

“Hospice is a blessing,” said Mikala Lodder, MSN, ACAGNP-BC, Vice President of Operations at Specialized Home Care and Hospice. “No one should ever pass away alone, afraid or in pain. Our team (SHC) lives by this motto.”

The focus is on comforting care, and not curing care. No more painful procedures or tests. The emphasis is on treating the patient, not the disease.  A team of hospice professionals and volunteers addresses the patient and family’s medical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. The team provides support in making decisions about how and where (mostly in the home) he or she wants to spend the rest of their life. 

Specialized Hospice is a unique program that uses an interdisciplinary approach to care. The program assists patients and families in addressing multiple difficulties such as emotional, social, spiritual components of living with a life limiting illness. Each patient is given the greatest level of comfort and dignity. 

“Each person in the agency has one main goal, to ensure that every patient is given excellent care and is always comfortable,” Lodder said. “You can find everyone going above and beyond to ensure their patients are well tended to. They give 110% everyday. I am proud to call every one of them my teammates!”

I agree, as evidenced by that staff meeting I attended. SHC’s hospice team builds a bond with their patients, their families and friends, through services driven by caring and comfort. 

Next blog, I will discuss what services hospice provides, who qualifies, (when to start the discussion, and talking points for family members regarding those discussions.

-Michael, PTA