Hospice Offers Comfort for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Needs

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014

When someone you love is facing a life-limiting illness, Lutheran SeniorLife VNA Hospice care can be an empowering choice to provide comfort for the patient and peace of mind for the families through at-home or inpatient care.

“The staff treated my family like their family,” said Debbie Broad. She and her husband Sam have become very familiar with hospice services, as both of Sam’s parents and a close friend spent time at the inpatient facility in Butler. During these difficult times, the Broads have relied on the expertise of the staff to care for their loved ones. “The care given to our family members was just awesome,” Debbie said. “We never had to worry about anything and we were able to just be the family member and spend quality time with our families while the staff took care of everything.”

Both said that they were grateful for the guidance provided by the nurses, aides, social workers, spiritual counselors. “They don’t just care for the patient, they cared for us, too,” Debbie said.

The homelike environment at the inpatient facility helps families and friends relax. Visitors have access to the outdoor veranda and gardens, a children’s play area, an interdenominational chapel and several common seating areas. The Broads have several local and out-of-town family members who assisted in their loved ones’ care. The inpatient facilities allowed them to have meals together in the dining room, spend quiet time in the family room, and even to play the piano.

Caring for loved ones in their final stages can be very difficult. Lutheran SeniorLife VNA Hospice, the Broads said, has eased the stress of caregiving. “I don’t think anyone wants to watch their family members have to go through difficult health issues, but if hospice is involved, it is a comfort for the patient and the family,” Debbie said. “And to have the option of inpatient hospice was a blessing for our family.”

Lutheran SeniorLife VNA Hospice is a community-based nonprofit home health care organization which provides care to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. To honor all those who have been in our care, a Community Celebration of Life and Butterfly Release will be held on September 14 at Succop Conservancy. Click here for more information.

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