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Why Moments of Life Matter in Hospice
By Geoff Morgan, NAC
Those of us in the hospice community get it. Caring for a dying loved one is hard work. It is strenuous on your emotions, relationships, body and life. We, like you, want the best for your loved one. Within hospice care you will find a wide range support, encouragement, understanding and someone to let you know, “We are listening.”
I became a certified nursing assistant in 2008 after seeing suffering related to loss and death. I was determined to change what I could in the healthcare industry by giving my patients uncommon, compassionate care every person deserves when they can no longer provide it for themselves. It wasn’t until my wife and I and our two kids moved across Washington State did the opportunity for change begin…
As a hospice aide, I am on the front lines of hospice care. I spend the majority of my time with our patients; listening, laughing, crying, hugging, holding their hand or just simply being there with them so they are not alone.
I work for Horizon Hospice in Spokane, Washington. We, in all areas of hospice, are champions of caregiving. Hospice is much more than care when death is imminent. We are a family unit of nurses, nurse’s aides, doctors, social workers, chaplains and volunteers bonding together over one common theme: end of life care does not mean our patients have to stop living just because they are getting hospice services.
The Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice campaign is filled with wonderful examples of how life comes full circle. Last year, two avid NASCAR fans were on our hospice service. One, born in Daytona Beach, FL.; the other, a Navy Veteran who lived for NASCAR races and knew all of the drivers and the numbered cars they each drove. One of my neighbors said to me, “NASCAR is coming into town in a couple weeks.” Serious excitement began bubbling up in me! I contacted Spokane Raceway to see if there was anything they could do to get these men tickets. The lady was so touched by the idea, she gave me the direct phone number to Bill McAnally’s Racing team in California.
We were able to secure VIP tickets, and Spokane Limousine donated a town-car for transportation to the raceway. To top it all off, our veteran hospice patient was honored with a pinning ceremony on the finish line. This commemoration of military service was conducted by a Horizon Hospice RN, a veteran himself.
Hospice care, end of life care…. is much bigger and broader than how society sees it. We don’t realize the impact one act of kindness, one Moment of Life celebrated can rally heartfelt involvement-from your community to a Pro NASCAR team and beyond.
Creating special moments, events or celebrations gives our patients the chance to feel really, joyfully alive, despite the fact that death may be near. We are also creating memories for loved ones to hold onto as part of a family legacy. Moments of Life are memories, born for future generations.
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