In our work lives and in our personal lives, we encounter many people who have heard of hospice, but don’t know exactly what it is or how it works. We at Hope Hospice always take a moment to share the important basic information.
The mission to educate the general public about hospice care is a never-ending effort. Hospice is a vague concept to a large number of Americans, even to many senior citizens. One might think that older folks, for whom the thought of mortality becomes more real each day, would have a better understanding of hospice. But that is not always the case.
If you have had a hospice experience in your family, you can help in this ongoing campaign to inform people about hospice. When the opportunity presents itself—and it will—please share your story. We share the story of hospice via the internet, health fairs, seminars, brochures, advertising, etc. But the best way to deliver information about hospice is through word-of-mouth.
We encourage you to share with friends, family, co-workers, fellow church members and civic groups your thoughts about hospice and what hospice care meant to your loved one and your family. Tell them what you liked about the hospice care your loved one received. Tell them about things you thought could have/should have been done better. Explain that hospice allows a patient to remain in his or her home or nursing facility. Share the fact that hospice care is covered by almost all medical plans, including government programs.
We take every chance we get to explain what hospice is and why it is a vital service. Yes, of course, we want families to call Hope Hospice when there is a need for our services. But we also want people to know about this excellent service, even if they choose another hospice care agency.
Will there ever be a time when we are satisfied that enough people know what they need to know about hospice? Probably not in our lifetimes. But we continue to beat the drum, telling as many as we can about the benefits of hospice.
And we ask you to be vocal in spreading your thoughts about hospice to anyone who will listen. Thank you for helping!