All Smiles for a Special Swim: Granting A Patient’s Wish in Northern Colorado
At The Denver Hospice, we strive to help our patients experience as much joy as possible despite the challenges of illness they face. So it was extremely rewarding for the dedicated members of our North team to share in the recent fun and laughter with a patient who isn’t ready to give up swimming.
Barbara Lloyd, 81, is mother of five who has lived in Northern Colorado for almost 50 years. Her eldest son, Timothy Lloyd, explained that before she moved into the Life Care Center of Longmont to receive extra support for advancing illness, she used to swim frequently at a pool just a block away from her home.
Although Barbara is no longer able to manage a swim on her own in deep water, it was still possible to enjoy a refreshing dip on a sunny day – by bringing a small pool to her nursing home. The Denver Hospice provided the pool when Barbara told them about her desire to swim again. Members of our North team, who have been caring for Barbara since January and assisted in the swim experience, shared these pictures of her bright smile.
Barbara’s children are grateful to know that her hospice care team is not only helping her manage pain and other symptoms of serious illness, but also helping her find ways to make the most of every day.
“The hard thing is not knowing when or how her illness will progress,” said Peter about the cancer that has required increasingly advanced care for his mother. “I’m glad to see she was having some fun.”