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You see her husband was on dialysis 3 days a week and the other hospice told them that he would have to stop NOW to go on hospice services. I excused myself to go and talk to the physician and get more details-- I came back and did some education and then I started to talk again what the services would look like. I explained that Dialysis is a form of improving QUALITY of LIFE-- (exactly what hospice is supposed to do)
We brought this patient on services -- because we were able to ask more questions-- we were able to get more details-- she said he used his dialysis for a few more months-- and then two weeks before passing he decided to stop dialysis. She remembered me saying to him that I wanted him to be able to sit on the porch, play with his grand children and ENJOY LIFE!!! She was able to tell me he did "just that"-- He died in his home-- as he wanted-- no more back and forth to the hospital.
She couldn't tell me enough how glad she was that I came in and EDUCATED them before jumping to a NO!!! We found the yes and it mattered to them! She was glad she was able to say THANK you and to say that...the way I explained it was easy to understand and her family appreciated the EXTRA time I took to go ask questions!
Remember every hospice is not the SAME-- when you hear hospice Ask for Agape hospice by name!