Last winter, I toured Good Shepherd Hospice House in Sebring Florida, a hospice residence I heard is highly regarded by families and volunteers. While there, I learned how hospice palliative care takes the fear out of the dying process, by giving patients and their family the knowledge and sense of control over this difficult life transition.
Jennifer Forde, a Registered Nurse and the Clinical Manager of the facility, who is originally from Owen Sound Ontario, taught me the ABCs of hospice palliative care, which are the same in Canada:
The beautiful hospice residence I toured is surrounded by well-manicured gardens and gazebos. Inside, there are well-furnished living rooms, a kitchenette and dining area, and a library with a computer. Spacious private patient rooms have a bed, a chesterfield that converts to a bed for family, a bathroom, and a screened in porch.
Family caregivers can call their local hospice organization when their loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Hospice organizations will usually follow up on a regular basis to determine when the person needs to start hospice care.
By Shirley Roberts, Author, Doris Inc.: A Business Approach to Caring for Your Elderly Parents