When you know that someone you love is coming
to the end of his or her life, your own life
can become overwhelming. Feelings of sorrow,
stress, confusion, and helplessness may create an
emotional fog that can make it hard for you, and your
loved one, to plan. You may find yourself wondering,
“What do I do next?”
Help is close at hand, right at home, from United
Visiting Nurse Association’s Home Hospice program.
And you can take comfort in the fact that your loved
one doesn’t have to move to a hospice facility to get
at the other end of the phone, 24/7, ready to reach out when you call on us
for help,” says Karin Speer, RN, CHPN, (Certified Hospice and Palliative
[relief-providing] Nurse), director of the program. “Our goals are to
help you keep your loved one at home, to make whatever time your loved one
has left as comfortable as possible, and also to reduce your own stress as
a caregiver. You may never have been through this before, but we have, and
we know what most often needs to be done.
“We urge you to call us months before you need us,”
Karin adds, “We’re here to anticipate your upcoming
needs and help make sure that you have everything you
require, before you need it. The sooner you include us
in your support sytem, the more we can do to help.
“Our first question to you and your loved one is:
‘Given your current abilities, what is the best way you
can imagine spending your time?’ Then we go out of
our way to make sure that’s what happens. We can
even help with non-medical needs. One of our patients
wanted to watch the birds outside his window…so
we got him a window-mounted bird feeder,” Karin
United Home Hospice can provide a range of services, including—
Medicare covers home hospice care when the patient is expected to live for
six months or less, but hospice care can be provided for longer than that
if the need arises.
“Most terminally ill people tell us they would prefer to
spend the time they have left at home—but not if it will
be too stressful for their caretakers,” Karin says.
“We offer them the assurance that we will help the
caregivers as well as the patients. And we continue
to guide and teach the patient and family members
until all are confident and comfortable in their ability
to keep their loved one at home, with the support of
United Home Hospice.”
more information about United Home Hospice,
please call 203-330-9198. We are
available to take your call 24/7.