Hospice,, is it worth it?

Hospice,, is it worth it?

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sad face

Morrison, TN

#1 Jul 21, 2011
I always wanted to work for a hospice company. I thought the ideas behind their service was a great thing. Then I got a job with one. Ouch! I was never so surprised in my life! They have what they call a "comfort visit" they give their clients. They go in, give them a couple of sips of a drink, see if they are too hot or cold, change them if they are wet and away they go. And you better be done and out of there in 10 minutes or you are in trouble. I took the time to let a lady drink all she wanted of a health shake and got in trouble for it. The thing that really got to me is hospice is not doing anything different or more than the CNA's or nurses are already doing. I never saw them spend any real time with anyone. It was hurry, hurry, hurry. Get in and get out. Why are people paying extra for this service? There is nothing I saw to gain. If your loved one is homebound, you can get more time and attention for them with home health than you can hospice. What I saw was you go into someone's house, check on the client, maybe give them a shower but get out quickly. I heard a man ask if someone could stay with his loved one long enough to run to town and get their meds and he was told no; he'd have to find someone else. So much for being there for the family, eh? I was moving a patient into the dining room for lunch, all the help was passing out meals; a lady stopped me and said her friend was very cold, would I get her a blanket or something. What, this is going to take all of a couple of minutes to do? WOW! I got in so much trouble! Chewed out big time! I was told we couldn't take time for anyone but the immediate client we were working for. So much for Christian charity or even old fashioned helping out someone in need. Isn't that what hospice is supposed to be about? They are a joke. I would never have hospice in for a family member of mine after that experience. Please check out what exactly they are going to do; how much time they will be spending with your loved ones. Like I said, I do not see anything they do that nursing home staff is already doing or that home health couldn't do better!
Hometowner

Asheboro, NC

#2 Jul 21, 2011
I am not sure what Hospice you have dealt with but my experience was not like that at all. They came in and not only took care of my Mother with love and dignity but ministered to our whole family with understanding, care and compassion.
They would cry with me and I knew they were on call for us at any time. A fresh bouquet of flowers was brought to my Mother at least once a week by one of them.
They honestly took care of my Mother as if she were their own.
I am very grateful to have had Hospice in the end for my loved one.
sad face

Morrison, TN

#3 Jul 21, 2011
That is what I expected from a hospice company and thought I would be doing in the job. I really hope it was a bad company; actually it may not have been the general company but maybe just that office? I just really feel people should not jump in to hospice care without finding out exactly what services they are going to get. Frankly, I was shocked by what I saw and heard. I will admit that maybe I just had a big misconception as to what services they do provide.
I agree

Lebanon, TN

#4 Jul 28, 2011
Hometowner wrote:
I am not sure what Hospice you have dealt with but my experience was not like that at all. They came in and not only took care of my Mother with love and dignity but ministered to our whole family with understanding, care and compassion.
They would cry with me and I knew they were on call for us at any time. A fresh bouquet of flowers was brought to my Mother at least once a week by one of them.
They honestly took care of my Mother as if she were their own.
I am very grateful to have had Hospice in the end for my loved one.
I will agreee.the Hospice that helped take care of mom was out of Cookeville,all the people that took part was or seemed to be so caring they took time to help explain every medication,even took time to talk about the stages of death with us I know to most this seems a little extreme but until you go through something like this you could never under stand! They were on call 24 hours but were not over bearing and alowed us time with mom, oh my goodness they even explained when not to bother someone preparing to pass,this is a time when you try to make sence of so much of what you are seeing and all the feeling's this wells up inside you I could never thank them enough, I don't know who you worked for but its clear they need serious training or need to start a new line of work If this is seriously the work you long to do then I will tell you it has to be rewarding with the right Hospice.Keep looking
Fellow Mate

United States

#5 Aug 4, 2011
We had the privilege of having them take care of my mother a couple years ago very accommodating and helpful couldn't ask for a better group of ladies thanks again!
sad face

United States

#6 Aug 11, 2011
I had always heard comments like that; it is why I had wanted to do hospice work. I am curious about some things - did they have a set amount of time to stay and were y'alls moms at home or a nursing home? thanks
Fellow Mate

Boiling Springs, SC

#7 Sep 26, 2011
Thankfully she was able to spend her last month and half on this earth at her home in her bed surrounded by family and friends your more than welcome!
truly

Cookeville, TN

#8 May 19, 2013
hospice is a joke ,money money is what its all about,home health can do so much more for our loved ones hospice is so overrated,
Very Thankful

United States

#9 May 19, 2013
My Dad died from cancer several years ago..There is NO way anyone could have done more or been more compansion than Hospice of Cookeville. THANK YOU Hospice !!!!!!!!
Kathy

Quebeck, TN

#10 May 19, 2013
In the last year and half we have had Hospice for my sister and my mother in law.....they were absolutely wonderful..... It may be that different Hospice companies are trained differently... but our nurses and staff helped us greatly ......Highly reccommend .
pokey

Cookeville, TN

#11 Jun 12, 2013
hospice is so overated home health is so much better
Thankful

Edisto Island, SC

#12 Jun 13, 2013
My other passed away 10 years ago with colon cancer. She wanted to come home and spend her final days at home with her family. Hospice was great! They helped make her final days the best they could be. Thank you , Hospice!!!!
lovethem

Oneida, TN

#13 Jun 13, 2013
Had home health with my grandpa and hospice with my grandma. I would chose hospice. They were so great and helpful during her last days. Hospice is a wonderful service.
Hatehospice

New Braunfels, TX

#14 Oct 27, 2014
I had the worse experience with hospice. Young inexperienced nurses who spent more time getting their nails done than taking care of my husband. They could not even get his pain meds right / the stupid nurse neglected to refill them bc she was in a rush to go to her own doctor appt.
Total waste of time and money. I took care of my spouse until his death. Only thing hospice did was order meds (when they remembered). No human element only wants cash and they are worse if u are not in medicare and have private insurance.
gomer

Crossville, TN

#15 Oct 27, 2014
yes I totally agree,the one ut of Cookeville visit with my family,what a stupid bunch of people the nurses thought they were to good to touch anyone the silly ditsy aide acted like she was scared to death she was so hoarse she could hardly talk ,what a bunch of stooges,told them to stay away went back to home health,the hospice was aval. something with a

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