When my niece died in hospice in another city this summer I was unable to travel there to say goodbye before her death. I was crushed that I didn’t have one last opportunity to hold her hand and tell her I loved her, but as it worked out that just was not possible.
A terminal diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and families for a host of reasons. In addition to the emotional devastation of anticipating your loss, you probably have a variety of questions you’re not sure how to answer. Who will be involved in providing end-of-life care? Where should that care be provided? How will you manage symptoms and pain for the patient? How will you manage stress and psychological needs of family caregivers? How will hospice help?
Over the last several years, volunteers and staff from The Denver Hospice have come together to celebrate the Holidays with the patients and families we serve. We are thrilled to share that this holiday tradition is alive and well in 2017!
Each winter for the past 18 years, students at Campus Middle School take a break from their holiday wish list to give back to their community. The school’s annual snowflake drive offers an opportunity for students to sell snowflakes and raise funds for families facing financial challenges at the end of a loved one’s life. This year students raised an amazing $6,644! These students are truly offering light and hope to families in an otherwise difficult time.
For almost 40 years, The Denver Hospice and Optio Health Services have led the way in providing top-notch comfort and care to those in our community facing a terminal illness. Part of our commitment to being at the forefront of serving this vulnerable population is to meet the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conditions of participation in initiating and maintaining the highest standards in Emergency Preparedness so that all staff and partners are ready should a disaster strike.
Last month, through a coordinated effort with community resources, we successfully ran a complete disaster drill in which all electricity as well as back up electricity was lost at our 24-bed Inpatient Care Center. We tested response protocols and timing for triaging current patients and “walking wounded” from the community, while transporting the patients who could not be cared for properly with Apex Paramedics.
This was the first of many disaster drills that will ensure The Denver Hospice staff can respond quickly and efficiently for whatever is needed to assist our patients, families, staff and surrounding
Nearly one-third of patients served by The Denver Hospice are U.S. military veterans. To highlight the contributions of all service men and women, The Denver Hospice has announced its 2018 signature fundraising event, Heroes and Haloes: A Tribute to Veterans. The new event is expected to draw more than 300 attendees on June 9, 2018 at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, and will feature Archie Manning, former NFL player and son of a military veteran, as the keynote speaker.
“Veterans in hospice care know what it means to sacrifice and to serve. As a volunteer, I’m here to listen if they want to tell their story. Sometimes that can be very meaningful for them, but I think I’m the one who gets the gift of learning through them. It is just an honor,” says Amanda Korth, a Denver Hospice volunteer.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and for the second straight year, The Denver Hospice is recognizing military veterans, families and caregivers with its CareGiving campaign. Caregiving 2017 will focus on raising awareness and funding to support individuals and families facing advanced illness and end-of-life decisions, and to honor the caregivers and volunteers who are with them throughout their journey.
The Denver Hospice is pleased to announce that Feedspot has named our blog, Chronicles of Care, a Top 25 Palliative Care Blog and Website on the Web. All of the blogs are ranked based on following criteria:
- Google reputation and Google search ranking
- Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
- Quality and consistency of posts
- Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review
When my mother reached the end of her life she had only two requests: that she be able to die in her own home and that I be by her side. But I knew as well that it would be very important for her to retain her dignity, even as her physical health was declining. Mom had always been a beautiful woman and took pride in how she dressed and presented herself to the world. So I realized it would be important to her to feel she was at her best even in the worst of situations.
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