Liberty Hospice recently celebrated National Patient Recognition Week by handing out roses to all of its patients. It has become a tradition for us, and to see the smiles and gratitude that patients and their families express reminds us what an impact a small gesture can do.
That’s a good reminder for anyone who has a loved one in hospice care. Any kind of gesture can make a big impact. We have helped coordinate other kinds of surprises for our hospice patients, from a puppy to a shopping trip, to a ride on a horse. Those moments have helped rekindle a favorite memory, while at the same time creating a new one.
Many people don’t know where to start, but sometimes the best gesture you can do for a loved one occurs even before hospice care begins. By talking to your loved one about hospice care, and its many benefits, you can build a valuable communication that can educate them, as well as yourself, on what is right for your family. If you’re not sure how to start that conversation, we have a web page that can help.
Once your loved one begins hospice care, there are many different ways to honor them. Our staff is always looking for ways to help. Our chaplains may sing with them, or our volunteers may help them write a story. There are many ways we honor our hospice patients, but many times, the involvement of a family member makes those events even more meaningful. Sometimes, just seeing a family member is just as impactful for the patient.
You may not believe you are prepared for such visits, but our volunteers, social workers and other staff can counsel you through it all. We understand there are new, difficult emotions that come with hospice care. But we also realize how hospice care improves the quality of life for patients and for their families too. Let us help you get started.