Articles on "Hospice"

June 29, 2009 11:22 am

Cope with a Loss: When a Loved One is at the End of Life

After a significant death or loss, you may experience feelings that are unfamiliar in their intensity and duration. You may notice thoughts and behavior that are different or disturbing. Many people experience a kind of spiritual crisis following a major loss. Anger is common, whether it’s directed toward a situation, a particular person, or life in general. Grieving people may have unusual dreams, be absent-minded, withdraw socially, or lack the desire to participate in activities that used to be enjoyable. […]

June 24, 2009 4:39 pm

An Unimaginable Experience: Saying ‘Goodbye’ in a Hospice

_As a Hospice of the Chesapeake Vigil Volunteer, Dick Wheeler has received additional training and serves patients in the process of actively dying. In the following, he shares his experience in learning just how unimaginable saying goodbye can be._ I have been a patient care volunteer since 2006 and was recently present at the death of a 35-year-old mother of five who had been under our care. When I arrived for my evening shift, I went to the patient’s room […]

More Memories to Come: Living in a Hospice
April 28, 2009 2:50 pm

More Memories to Come: Living in a Hospice

The amount of memories Glea and Larry Kreider have shared over the years seems endless since the two met in a small Indiana town when they were in fifth grade. Now, they look forward to sharing even more in the future in the comforts of a continuing care community they have called home for nearly 16 years. The two married after Larry had enlisted in the Army and Glea began her teaching career. When Larry had signed to stay in […]

March 3, 2009 11:12 am

Who is in the last stage of life?

“One thing you can’t experience is that feeling of being in the last stage of life” I have received several comments like this one related to my project. At first I really agreed with these comments, and chalked it up as just one of the elements that will prevent my time in a senior living community from being truly authentic. As I thought about it more, I came to the realization that none of us really know when the end […]

February 23, 2009 5:10 pm

The Importance of Finding Hospice Care Early

“Without hospice, I never could have kept my husband at home for the last months of his life,” insists Heidi Troxell. “I wanted him to die at home, in a peaceful, familiar environment, and hospice made it possible.” A resident of Fairhaven, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Sykesville, Maryland, Troxell had watched her husband fight a ten-year battle with prostate cancer. “For six years he was symptom free, but his PSA [prostate specific antigen] score kept getting worse. When […]

A Family Gets the Answers They Needed
December 29, 2008 3:52 pm

A Family Gets the Answers They Needed

Rose Marie and George Nalley had been married for almost 56 years and had raised two children before he became a Hospice of the Chesapeake patient last year. It was during that time when the nonprofit organization, based in Annapolis with another office in Prince George’s County, changed their lives in more ways than one. While the Nalleys did eventually lose a husband and father, the bonds within the family had grown so strong at the end, that the lasting […]

Out to the Ballgame
May 12, 2008 12:00 am

Out to the Ballgame

Robert and Silvia Charity had never heard of hospice or palliative care before he got sick with prostate cancer in 2007. Since then, Robert has learned firsthand how expert pain and symptom management can so impact quality of life that he has been able to fulfill a dream despite the pain and challenges of his serious illness. Robert, a life-long baseball fan, had never actually been to a game and wanted so much to see his Washington Nationals play at […]

Hospice Care Helps A 17 Year Battle With Alzheimer’s
May 7, 2007 12:00 am

Hospice Care Helps A 17 Year Battle With Alzheimer’s

In his younger years, John Brooks was handiest husband on the block. When he met his wife, Irene, he was a Captain with the Army Corps of Engineers. He made his living as an electrical engineer, and he was always very adept at fix-it projects around their home in Silver Spring, Md. Suddenly, near his 70th birthday, the parts and pieces of machines and electronic devices became unfamiliar to him. He began to struggle with turning on the television, couldn’t […]

Hospice at Home Leads to Recovery
May 7, 2007 12:00 am

Hospice at Home Leads to Recovery

During John Settlemyer’s career in the restaurant industry, he had to know the all ingredients in every dish, holding his chefs to the highest standards for a superior level of excellence. When it came to his retirement, he used the same research and quality control skills to ensure that he received the finest of care at home. John was 71 when he was diagnosed with chronic obstructed pulmonary disease, which left him with about 10 percent of his normal lung […]

Hospice Provided Care and Comfort
February 28, 2006 12:00 am

Hospice Provided Care and Comfort

Like most of us, the Gaegers never gave hospice much thought. Marsha Gaeger recalls, “I knew that hospice had something to do with illness, but I had no idea what they really did.” She continues, “Now, I know there is nothing that they don’t do.” Marsha’s husband, Jere, was in the hospital undergoing treatment for a variety of respiratory problems when the doctor recommended that he be put on a respirator. At the time, the doctor indicated that he may […]