Tom and Mary Lou Huerkamp were married for more than 42 years when a heart condition led her to seek care from Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. She received hospice care for more than six months before she passed away peacefully in her home with her beloved husband by her side.
Tom believes that Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado is a resource that many misunderstand and wants the local community to know how Hospice can help and that services are just a phone call away.
"Hospice did so much for both Marylou and me. First, it let Marylou stay in the home she so dearly loved. Next, it stopped the confusion and frustrations of dealing with Medicare and insurance. Then it gently and compassionately led both of us to understand all that could be done, had been done, and now we needed to focus on making the quality of time that was left the best it could be," said Tom.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado emphasizes quality of life and works to provide relief from painful symptoms for those facing advancing illness.
"Hospice professionals have a unique set of skills. They focus on the patient's wishes — providing comfort care and easing the pain and suffering that are often associated with serious illness. Hospice brings together a variety of skills with a common goal. They focus on honoring a patient's values and easing the emotional, physical and sometimes spiritual toll of a terminal illness. There is someone, an actual human voice or presence, available 24 hours a day seven days a week," explains Dr. Scott Rich, Delta physician.
The goal of hospice care is to maintain the highest quality of life for the patient, and of equal importance, their family and friends. "Many delay Hospice services, believing they are surrendering hope. In fact, we see patients improve to the point they are no longer 'terminally' ill. In some situations, patients enrolled with hospice actually live longer than similarly ill patients not under hospice care," says Rich.
Many people may not realize that when hospice becomes involved, for most, the costs of everything required to care for the patient, including medications and treatments, are covered at 100 percent. This is a huge benefit for families.
If you or someone you know could benefit from hospice contact the Delta Hospice office at 874-6823 or drop by the office at 195 Stafford Lane for more information.blog comments powered by Disqus