Hospice Chaplain

Yesterday I received a call from the hospice chaplain.

She was E’s physical therapist last winter. She’s taken online courses to become a hospice chaplain.

She took care of getting a walker for E last Thursday. She took the walker to the Assisted Living, adjusted it properly to E’s height, and worked with E on how to use it. Then she prayed with E.

Today she called to ask me chaplain questions and to tell me of a new development with E. She’s taking care of getting some supplies, things we haven’t needed until now.

Did you know Hospice provides a walker, a wheelchair, incontinent supplies – wipes, absorbent briefs, and waterproof pads to put on the bed? These are usually completely covered by Medicare. They will bring cream or lotion if needed for rashes. If your person needs oxygen or a hospital bed, they provide everything for that, too. They take care of ordering all medications. During the end of life, hospice can be a huge blessing.

The hospice chaplain was so kind and encouraging to me today. She listened. She cared. She helped me feel better, lighter after we talked.

She will be visiting the Assisted Living a couple of times each week. She will meet with me anytime I need her.

This lovely woman is helping E and me. Body, soul, and spirit.

Side note: I’m grateful for how all members of the hospice team work together.

The chaplain was calling me about chaplain things. In the same call she updated me on a few medical/physical things. She’s taking care of ordering needed supplies.

She didn’t say, “That’s the nurse’s job. Let her call the family. The office staff can order supplies. That’s not my job.”

Her taking care of all these things meant I didn’t have three phone calls from three different staff members.

Good hospice folks are definitely worth their weight in gold.

Alzheimer’s, dementia, Eldercare, Grief, hospice


KathleenBDuncan

I write about my life, my journey, my family, and my faith. I am wife to one, mom to seven with one in heaven, and grandmother to many. I am also full-time caregiver to my stepmom E who suffers from dementia due to Alzheimer’s. In my spare time I like to read, travel, crochet, bike, and play with our black pug Molly.

Comments (3)

  • Miss Kathleen ~
    I loved the helpful folks at hospice that we had in for my mum and my mother-in-law, in 2015 and my step-mom just two years back. Due to the diagnosis and timeline we were able to have the ladies at home, but we did not have the same situation you and E have. Nonetheless, they helped us too. They were blessings.

    I am glad you have them,

    Kathleen

  • She sounds like such a lovely person. I’m glad you and E are having a wonderful hospice experience. ! I know that not every person has a good experience with hospice, but Mom and I were certainly blessed too. I had no idea that mom’s hospice experience would come with an entire team of people who worked together for her comfort and my peace of mind. If mom needed something, they were on it. They worked together so well with the care team at mom’s assisted living memory care home. If I had ANY concerns, they were only a phone call away. They listened and followed through. I’m so glad you’ve posted this today. I’m praying for you and E and your care team.

    Love, care and prayers, Cindie

    • Cindie

      Which hospice to use is an important decision! Many do t understand what hospice does not that they can choose.

      I’m so grateful for the options I have.

      We chose Healing Hands for our local home health needs. The same organization has a Hospital at Home program where they can take care of many needs like oxygen, I.V. infusions, X-ray, and ultrasound all at the patient’s home, including at an Assisted Living Facility. Just a year or so ago they added the hospice component. As a result, we have had the same team since the beginning. They are wonderful!!!

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