Hospice is not a 4-letter word
Pam Ware, MSW, LCSW
Administrator Front Range Hospice
Hospice is about love.
Hospice is about comfort.
Hospice is about dignity.
Hospice is about family.
Hospice is about symptom control.
Hospice staff is able to help patients and families find grace in a situation that had them filled with fear.
Hospice provides patients and families with the opportunity to say their “I’m sorry”, “I love you”, “Good bye”.
Hospice allows patients and families to laugh, to love, to share, to grow, to be, to find peace and to reach closure.
Yet so many people are afraid of the word. Doctors are often afraid to bring it up as an option for their patients. Patients are afraid to bring it up to their doctor’s and their families. Families are afraid to bring it up to their ill loved ones. As a culture we act as if death will not happen to us so hospice is not needed.
Hospice is a choice for end of life care. For those of us trained in providing hospice care, we encourage you to think about asking us to become part of your care team sooner, rather than later. With the Medicare benefit being designed for individuals with a terminal illness who their physician and the hospice medical director believe that if their disease runs its normal course have 6 months or less to live and the national length of stay in hospice being less than 50 days, we are entering hospice too late.
Hospice is not a 4-letter word. Fear is the 4 letter word. Fear of death. Who is better equipped to help you deal with this fear then a trained hospice professional? Front Range Hospice trained professionals are available to talk to you about how hospice can assist you or a loved one at any time. Just give us a call at 303-957-3101 or 970-776-9090.