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To provide consistent, compassionate, and quality end of life care for the terminally ill of Southeast Missouri. To individualize the care of each patient based on their diagnosis. To meet phsychosocial and spiritual needs of the hospice patient and family. To deliver palliative care to the hospice patient at end of life.
Hospice is for patients witha diagnosis of six months or less to live. It is very beneficial for patients to recieve hospice as early as possible if they are no longer seeking aggressive treatment because hospice can help give them the most quality of life possible in the last days. Hospice can help manage pain control and try as best as possilbe to keep patients comfortable. Volunteers are invaluable to families and patients at this stage of life because they help in so many ways. Just sitting with a patient so the caregiver can run to the store or just visit while no one else can. It means so much and helps more than one would realize. Patients sometimes want to write letters to family but no longer can hold a pencil. Volunteers can help fulfill this by helping write waht they want to say. These are just a couple examples of how hospice can help people at this point in their lives. It is amazing to actually be a part of it. We also have patients in nursing homes we care for that also love company. We also do fundraisers to help raise money for relay for life and are a member of the alzheimers association.
- Debra Thurston
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