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Hospice Patient Makes Final Visit to the Outdoors
Ed, who lived in an adult family home, had not been outside for several years – as a result of his living with Multiple Sclerosis and the difficulty in transporting him. A patient at EvergreenHealth Hospice in Kirkland, Washington, he shared a wish with Hospice Chaplain Curt Huber to go outdoors. When he was healthy, Ed had been a forest ranger, and at that time, he said, he had lived for the outdoors.
When Curt learned of Ed’s wish, he brought it to the attention of the Hospice team, one of whom suggested getting in touch with a local fire department that might agree to transport Ed for this final visit to the outdoors. Curt contacted the Snohomish County Fire District in Edmonds, whose staff was happy to help.
In March, Curt and the RN Case Manager, Leigh Gardner, accompanied Ed and several members of the Snohomish County Fire District on an outing to Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds.
Ed was picked up and transported in the EMS vehicle; other members of the fire department traveled in a fire truck.
Together, the group took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the scents of the forest by touching the fragrant growth and bringing their hands close to Ed’s face.
Ed was delighted. So were all the professionals who accompanied him.
People sometimes think that working in hospice care is depressing. This story, submitted by North Team
Program Manager Diane Fiumara, BSN, demonstrates the depths of the rewards that caring for the dying can bring. She says, “I want to thank my fantastic North Team for their love and dedication to the patients they serve.”
EvergreenHealth Hospice is committed to helping every patient and family they serve experience that best that hospice has to offer and prides itself on the many special ways that hospice can add more special moments.
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