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Willie’s Family Picnic

93-year-old Willie Campbell was there for a six-generation family celebration; hospice helped make it happen.




This story is so real-- but sad to say so FEW-- African Americans are one of the lowest numbers to make use of the option-- lack of EDUCATION...

Travise S.... replied on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 09:58

Willie’s Family Picnic

Willie Campbell is a 93-year-old great-great-great grandmother, who shares a special bond with her six living generations of family. Hospice is an important part of her life, not only because it offers relief from her physical struggles with heart, kidney and lung disease, but because this patient-centered, team approach to care makes more family ‘moments’ possible.  In Willie’s case, she attended one more family picnic and held her great-great-great granddaughter for the very first time.

“Hospice is a saver of life,” says Willie. “I’m comfortable and it has given me a better quality of life and helped me live longer.”

Willie’s team at Hospice of Northwest Ohio helped her to create a reliable routine for her medication and to use a scooter to increase her mobility. They also taught her family how to help with her care.

For Willie, the routine physical care has been a favorite part of her hospice experience. “They gave me my medicine on time, they gave me my meals on time and they are just really wonderful to me,” she said. “I want to tell people how much help hospice can be if they don’t wait too long.”

Hospice makes it possible to find what comfort means to each individual. The hospice team’s goal is to provide both comfort and compassion in any way the patient needs. For Willie’s family members, hospice became the answer to keeping their beloved matriarch as content and fulfilled as possible.  

“We knew she was in tremendous pain,” said Campbell’s grandson, Nate Gurley. “What we didn’t know was how to bring her relief. So we did our research – hospice became the obvious choice.”

Willie P. Campbell died on February 16, 2015.  She was 94 years old. 

Learn more about how hospice can provide comfort for you or a loved one, or click here to find a local hospice provider.

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What a great video.

Desa Armstrong... replied on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 09:58

This story is so real-- but sad to say so FEW-- African Americans are one of the lowest numbers to make use of the op

Travise S.... replied on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 09:58

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