By: Norm Mast, President/CEO of Community Hospice
HOPE. It’s a word that often has a negative meaning when associated with Hospice. Most people you talk with will say that when you sign up with Hospice you are “giving up hope”. I would like to propose that just the opposite is true. Hospice is not about “giving up hope”, but restoring it and helping people revise what they may hope for. Community Hospice focuses on maximizing the quality of life based on the individual’s choices, so that the person may live life as fully as possible for as long as possible.
Hospice helps patients reclaim the spirit of life. It helps them understand that even though death can lead to sadness, anger, and pain, it can also lead to opportunities for reminiscence, laughter, reunion, and hope. Community Hospice helps those we serve to continue to hope and plan each day for optimal quality of life. Hope can be found from helping our patients and families achieve the highest possible level of physical comfort and peace of mind.
Ultimately, hope means different things to different people, and the compassionate staff of Community Hospice will be there for you on your journey … to live out whatever hope means to you. Hospice patients never give up, nor do our staff and families give up. Care focuses on hope: hope to be pain free, hope to sit on the porch, hope to see your grandchild’s wedding or hope to celebrate your anniversary. We always hope for a cure, however if that is not possible, our goal at Community Hospice is that we are the vessel through which hope flows!