Our presenter, Lindsey Rich, of St Luke's Hospital Hospice Program gave us informative handouts and stressed that Hospice is not a permanent decision - has lots of options, provides comfort measures and symptom management and is truly a choice. Hospice is not only for Cancer patients but for all patients and lets you live your life and focus on the quality of your time together with an emphasis on teamwork. Emotional, spiritual and clinical support is given to patients and their families helping them understand what is happening and how to deal with the changes. St. Luke's has a free-standing Hospice House for the sickest patients that has a non-clinical look and strives to be homey. She told a sweet story about a patient who wanted to go home and see her horses, which was impossible, so.. .they brought one of her horses to her through the back garden. Beautiful! They offer many Bereavement Programs and most of their services are covered by insurance. The earlier a patient is referred to hospice care, the more hospice care providers can do to help the patient. St. Luke'a appreciates early referrals!
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