COLUMN: Hospice is here to help during holidays

Published 7:30 am Saturday, December 2, 2023

With at least one-third of the United States population serving as caregivers, many are experiencing changes and difficulties during the holiday season. Moreover, every year, we find many people putting off discussing Hospice until after the holidays. However, the benefits of Hospice far outweigh any fear associated with the name. You can give your patients and families help for the Holidays and peace of mind with Hospice.

Vickie Wacaster, Patient and Hospice Advocate with Aveanna Hospice (formerly Comfort Care Hospice)

The hospice interdisciplinary staff supports patients and their loved ones and helps them make the most of the holiday season by reducing stress and anxiety. Including the Hospice I work with, most hospices admit patients 24/7, even during the holidays.

Hospice offers a compassionate admissions team to explain our services, and we provide 24-hour RN coverage for emergencies to reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations. The hospice benefit usually pays 100% for medication for managing symptoms and pain control. The hospice benefit also pays 100% for diapers, wipes, gloves, hospital beds, oxygen, walkers, bedside commodes, shower chairs, catheter supplies, colostomy supplies, over-the-bed tables, wheelchairs, wound supplies, etc.

Remember, whatever happens will happen with or without Hospice. Hospice does not control the day or time when we will leave this world and say our last earthly goodbyes. That information belongs to our Father in Heaven.

If you would like more information about the criteria, services, and benefits, please call the Hospice of your choice, or you may contact me directly by calling 334-892-4123.

“God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.” Author Unknown

Let Hospice help you get your patients home and comfortable with their loved ones this holiday.

— Vickie C. Wacaster is a Patient and Hospice Advocate for Aveanna Hospice (formerly Comfort Care Hospice).