I'm staring at a blank screen while trying to think deep, insightful thoughts for today's post. Nothing of substance is coming to mind. So, I'd like to take you on a highly off topic journey into the world of hospice.
For those who are not familiar with hospice, it is both an approach to patient care and a philosophy focused on end-of-life care. The goal is to help those facing terminal illnesses deal with their pain, whether it is physical or emotional. The help includes pain management, counseling, helping clients get needed medical devices and the like.
They aren't held back by rules that seem silly for someone nearing end of life. Why not, for example, offer the client enough pain medication to actually make them comfortable rather than denying them that care because they might become addicted or face long-term problems? If there is no long term to think of, why should it become a limiting factor?
My family has had and is having personal experience with Tidewell Hospice and Palliative care in Sarasota, FL.. Dr. Valenti and the staff have been wonderful. They appear to really care and offer warm, responsive service. The facility is bright, spacious and cheerful. Both the client and the client's family are made to feel welcome. It can really help to know that a loved one is being helped through a very difficult time by caring people.
If you have family members needing hospice care, please learn about it and help them get the needed care. This site might contain information you'd find useful.