Hospice of the Calumet Area helps patients and families fulfill promises

2014-03-16T00:00:00Z Hospice of the Calumet Area helps patients and families fulfill promises nwitimes.com
March 16, 2014 12:00 am

For many people, a promise made must be a promise that’s kept. This rings especially true for hospice patients and their families at end-of-life, and Hospice of the Calumet Area helps these patients fulfill their promises and reach their goals, despite their serious illnesses.

“At Hospice of the Calumet Area, we cherish life and we want patients to do everything they can do,” says Joanne Persic, a registered nurse for Hospice of the Calumet Area.

“We love our patients to meet their goals and do what they want to do,” she says. “We have some that garden, patients that ride motorcycles, go to the beach. If they are up to it, we want them to do it.”

Furthermore, many people choose to care for their loved ones in the place they cherish most – the comfort of home. Hospice of the Calumet Area makes that possible. Their family centered approach to care includes a team of professionals comprised of doctors, registered nurses, social workers, counselors and trained volunteers. The team works together to provide expert medical care to manage pain and symptoms for the patient as well as compassionate emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family.

Persic knows firsthand being the primary caregiver for a loved one with a serious or life-limiting illness is challenging. However, as many families discover, you don’t have to do it alone.

Susan Porter, whose mother was on Hospice of the Calumet Area’s service, knew how important it was for her mother to be at home with family and promised her that she would be. “They helped me keep my promise because they showed me how to properly care for her [and supported those efforts],” she says. “It made my heart feel good that we could do this for my mother and that she was happy.”

“Having been a hospice nurse for quite a few years, it’s really helped me cherish life,” Persic says. “Everyone should do the things you want to do now because life is short.”

Hospice is about more – more options for care and support, more control over the choices you make, more opportunities to spend meaningful moments together. Contact Hospice of the Calumet Area and let their expert care and support help you and your loved ones.

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