Testimonials from Our Hospice Care Patients & Their Loved Ones
“We transferred my father to VNA as I was not at all liking the service he had. He was getting worse from bone cancer and metastasis to the brain. I am a nurse and have always heard great things about VNA.
He was started on service at my sister’s the week before he became totally incapacitated and was moved to my home for care. His nurse, Bobbie, could not have been more caring and helpful. She arranged immediate transfer and two hours before he came–the hospital bed, oxygen, and all his needs were met and set up. The gentlemen that set up his equipment were patient and quick.
I wish I could say he lasted a few weeks, but he died after four days. He had a meal with me in the kitchen on Saturday then went to bed and didn’t get up. He died on Tuesday. Within a few hours, he was gone. Hugo had washed and shaved him – he looked so clean and comfortable.
I don’t know what I would have done without Bobbie. She and Hugo are God’s angels on earth. I will never forget them. Thank you and much love to both.”
Cyndy, Daughter of a Patient
My 94-year-old mother currently suffers with Alzheimer’s. She can no longer put words together to make a complete sentence. She is bed bound and spends quite a bit of time sleeping. However, when the music therapist, Karen, comes by to sing to her and to play music for her, a light goes on somewhere in her mind and makes her come alive again. She may not know the words, but she responds in such a way that lets me know she is trying to make a connection. I make sure Mom has had breakfast and is in her geri-chair so she can get the full benefit of the music Karen plays and the songs being sung to her. To see this change come over my mother is, to say the least, remarkable and heartwarming.
My mother loved to sing to us. Music was always a big part of our life and it shows on my mother’s face when she hears familiar songs. Quite often the CNA taking care of my mom will ask to speak to Karen after her visit about a patient she thinks would benefit from a session.
To those of us who take care of loved ones with devastating illness, music therapy is a blessing for the patients. Where an individual may be unresponsive, restless and/or agitated, music provides a calming influence and lets them connect with a world that has sometimes left their memory. The softness of a strummed guitar, feeling the vibration on the guitar itself, the sometimes forgotten tune that elicits a memory in the back of our minds is a powerful aid during the waning of life.
If I could, I would fill each patient’s life with the individual attention Karen gives in her sessions with hospice patients. It is a blessing that needs to be seen. I am so very grateful for this particular service that the VNA hospice provides.
“VNA has been AMAZING! The way they have worked together as a team to make sure my mother has been properly taken care of has been priceless!”
Sheryl, Daughter of a Patient
VNA helped to make my mother’s transition into hospice a peaceful one. Unfortunately, she passed away shortly after. VNA called and came by practically every day. We could call with any question regarding medication or caretaking, and they would thoroughly and patiently explain. Even after her passing, her caseworker called every so often to see how we’re doing.
Most people think after the funeral, grief is over. VNA understands this is the time when families need an emotional outlet. There are counseling and support groups for bereavement and caretakers.
The most meaningful thing my mother’s caseworker has done for my family is she had us pick out my mother’s favorite shirts and had them made into bears. VNA even delivered them to my office.
When I tell you I sat in my office and cried like a baby…not from grief this time, but from joy, happiness, and relief.
Finally, a company that gets it. You seriously can’t go wrong with VNA.
Shantae, Daughter of a Patient
VNA provided hospice for John, a Hickory Creek Police Sergeant in his late 30s, husband, and father of three. Too young by far to be eligible for Medicare, John never expected hospice coverage to be something he needed. He never expected the cancer that attacked him. Eventually, he simply couldn’t keep working. The day before Thanksgiving, his doctors told him there was nothing more they could do. From that point, his condition worsened rapidly, and within a few weeks, Amy (his wife) knew she needed help.
John spent the last week of his life with support from Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care, and was able to pass away with dignity, his family by his side at the end.
“VNA Hospice Care was amazing. They took such a load off of me. I could concentrate on John and our family in the last days of his life. No words can describe how much it meant to me.”
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