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Kaiser Permanente Hospice provides compassionate, patient-centered end-of-life care at the end of life. The focus of care is to promote quality of life, ease suffering, honor dignity, respect choices and support grieving. Hospice is a supportive appr... Read more
Kaiser Permanente Hospice provides compassionate, patient-centered end-of-life care at the end of life. The focus of care is to promote quality of life, ease suffering, honor dignity, respect choices and support grieving. Hospice is a supportive approach to end-of-life care that emphasizes control of pain and other symptoms, as well as providing emotional, spiritual and psychological support to enable patients to spend their remaining life in dignity and comfort. Our staff work closely with the attending physicians, family, and loved ones to ensure that the patient's community needs are met. Hospice services are provided in the patient's home, regardless of location. It may be a private residence, an assisted living community, an adult care home or a residential or intermediate care community. We are honored to be invited to your patient's home at such a sacred time. We will do all we can to help the patients and family make the most of every day.
Kaiser Hospice is a non-profit, Medicare-certified hospice program providing end-of-life, palliative (comfort not curative) care services to Kaiser Permanente members and their families in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area.
I have been a volunteer for the Kaiser Hospice program for five years now as a Friendly Visitor. I make calls on people who may benefit by having more opportunity to talk. Some people don’t have family nearby or might not have family at all. They enjoy telling stories about their lives and showing photos of their loved ones or favorite places they have lived or visited. I love watching their eyes light up as they remember a story they haven’t thought about in a while or just enjoy having someone new to tell it to. I meet new people and learn new things. It is a rewarding way to use the gifts of listening, compassion, and companionship. Sometimes people ask me, “Isn’t it depressing?” My answer is no. I am uplifted by reaching out.
I have been an in-home Hospice volunteer for 7 years with Kaiser Permanente. Altho I have had 3 supervisors all have been excellent with their communication and support. Going into someones home and relieving the caregiver is a respected privilege and it's absolutely awesome how the situation affects me. I am so appreciated and loved for the help I offer to the families. I look upon caring for the patient as support for him/her with "life" by listening, sharing and loving. This volunteer position is the most rewarding one you'll ever experience!!!