I Wish We Had Called Hospice Sooner

Recently I was asked to write a few words for this website. Struggling to think of something to say, a response from a few recent family surveys came to mind. The comment was “I wish we had called Hospice sooner”.                                                        

~Past Hospice Patient Care Coordinator

more handAs we all know, hindsight is always crystal clear when there is no stress to distract us such as a loved one in pain, emotional distress and fear. Many family members feel they can travel this road alone and find themselves totally exhausted when the journey ends.

Fortunately for those who choose Hospice, they have the benefit of expert team support including an experienced clinical staff in both physical and emotional pain management. The Hospice team helps make end of life requests very clear, and provide support to patient and family in difficult decisions they may encounter. A nurse and social worker are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Our patients and families find great comfort in knowing that someone will always be at the other end of the phone to answer questions or make a late night home visit. Social worker and chaplain are available to each and every family. Our volunteer staff provides companionship, will sit with a patient while a family caregiver needs to take a break and is available for errands. They are truly a special part of our team.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard provides care to those with serious illness. Most associate Hospice with imminent death and cancer but we care for those with serious heart, lung, kidney and liver disease, Parkinson’s, Strokes, late stage Alzheimer’s and others. Our goals are to foster the hope that you live out the remaining days of your life as you wish, with dignity, having made your own decisions, and maintaining as much control over how you spend those days.

All of the diseases mentioned above are usually chronic in nature, including cancer, and eventually they will become acute problems. Being able to slowly get to know our staff lessens the fear that can follow. My point to all of this is:

It’s usually not too soon to call Hospice, but if it is, we will let you know. We are community supported and we are here to support our community.