“Works of Love”

July 2, 2013

Caring for a terminally-ill loved one could possibly be the most difficult act of love one could face. But with Mercy Hospice, a multi-faceted team of caregivers can ease these responsibilities and offer support through the journey and beyond.

“Our goal is to 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,” explains 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.

In addition to the personal, clinical and emotional care offered, the hospice team also supports patients in yet another special way, thanks to a charitable fund established by Mercy Health Foundation. The fund is supported through donations and is designed to help patients by fulfilling a “last wish” or with practical needs such as assistance paying for medications or a utility bill. This month, the Mercy foundation has launched the “Works of Love” campaign to facilitate gifts to this cause. To learn how you can help fulfill a need for a hospice patient, please visit www.mercy.net/fortscottks/giving.

Download the Works of Mercy pledge form.

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