Hospice – the Most Intimate of Home Care Settings (1)
For Interim Hospice RN Jenny Lambert, caring for patients at the end of life is personal – and to her, patients are family. In fact, it was though her family that Jenny first became acquainted with hospice services, when her own mother became terminally ill. Jenny saw first-hand how comforting and important the right hospice caregiver can be. She knew at that moment that she wanted to serve others in the same capacity.
End-of-life situations are never easy, but it’s the job of the hospice caregiver to make the transition as easy as possible for the patient and family. With hospice patient John Grimes, family again was at the forefront. When he and his wife were both diagnosed with terminal forms of cancer in the same month, they began their final journey together. As his wife’s disease progressed more quickly Jenny was brought in as her hospice nurse. Her caring, compassion and professionalism helped his wife pass with dignity and comfort, and so touched John that, as his own cancer advanced, he asked for Jenny to help him with his own transition.
Today, watching the two of them together, one gets the sense of old and dear friends – each one caring, honest and engaged. And, while John considers Jenny to be an angel, Jenny considers herself to be the one that’s blessed.