“You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”
-Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, 1967
The words of Dame Cicely Saunders guide what we do and how we care for our patients. Being a hospice patient does not mean simply waiting to die. It means that you have a team of professionals and trained volunteers who work together with you and your loved ones to help you make the most of the time you have left.
Focus on You
As a hospice patient (or caregiver of a hospice patient), you are in control. Your hospice care team will talk with you regularly about your symptoms and prognosis, as well as your goals for your care and how you want to spend the time you have left. If, after becoming a Hospicare patient, you can change your mind and decide to stop receiving hospice services, or decide to pursue treatment aimed at curing your disease, you can revoke services.
We want to support you in doing what you love and spending time with the people (or animals or places) you love. Your primary nurse case manager will develop a plan of care that will manage your symptoms as well as possible so that you’re able to do the things you love. This may mean gardening, visiting your grandchildren, or playing with your dog. If you are feeling up to it, you can even take vacations or short trips.
Our trained volunteers can provide companionship and participate with you in your hobbies and interests. Some of the activities our volunteers have done with patients include:Cheering for a favorite baseball team
- Cheering for a favorite baseball team
- Playing board games or card games
- Strolling along garden paths
- Knitting or other crafts
Tell us what’s important to you and let us help you find a way to continue doing what you love for as long as possible.