Hospice is more about living than dying. It’s designed to make the most of each day.
“Hospice isn’t just about death, but about life and living it well,” explained Melissa George, Mercy Hospice Chaplain. “Life well lived means stories, and that’s the best part of hospice - sharing in people’s stories and supporting them as they write their conclusions.”
And every day the hospice team offers strength and support.
“With Mercy Hospice, we help our patients live each day as fully and comfortably as possible, whether it’s through expert care, a hug, holding a hand, or talking,” explained Kim Goff, Mercy Hospice nurse manager. “Our volunteers, chaplain, social worker, nurses, home health aides and physicians share a commitment to providing the utmost quality of life.”
Hospice care is appropriate when a patient has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and life expectancy is six months or less and cure-oriented treatment is no longer being pursued.
“We feel it is a privilege to journey with our patients and families at this most delicate phase of life,” shared LaShawn Miller, Mercy Hospice social worker and volunteer coordinator.” And we celebrate the meaningful relationships we have built along the way.”
Miller added, “Planning, education and strengthening relationships can help people deal with the fear of the unknown. The holistic approach of hospice aids patients and their families physically, emotionally and spiritually. I feel privileged in my work that I have the opportunity to pray with a patient and comfort them during some of their most difficult times.”
Mercy launched Hospice services on July 2, 2012 so terminally ill patients could experience the same care they had grown to trust through other services at the hospital.
“With Mercy offering Hospice care, we are able to provide the full continuum of care to our patients. From pre-natal care through the end of life and the healing thereafter, Mercy caregivers can be at your side,” said Becky Davied, Mercy Home Health and Hospice director.
More information on Mercy Hospice and volunteer opportunities is available by calling 620-223-8090.