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The Humanity of People-Focused Hospice Care

Hospice care can be difficult for some people to discuss.  It’s often perceived as painful, isolating, and overwhelming.

It can also be beautiful.

The hospice-hearted professionals provide care to patients and their families during one of the most challenging times in their lives.  Through expert support, hospice care teams bring comfort, resources, education, and understanding when patients and families need it most.

As it turns out, that care can be a gift to everyone involved.

Being Present During Care is a Gift

Hospice care isn’t always about administering medications or even easing physical suffering.  It is about being there for patients and their families— and much more.

  • It’s about preserving hope. Whether a patient recovers or requires end-of-life care, hospices are not places people “go to die.” Instead, hospices help patients live as well as possible — for as long as possible.
  • It’s for more than just the patient. Hospice care creates a mutually supportive, lasting community between the care team, the patient, and the patient’s loved ones.
  • It requires dedication and compassion.  Hospice care teams help patients and their families through the stages of end-of-life which include pain management along with emotional and spiritual support.

Hospice care is also far from a one-size-fits-all service.

In fact, at Delaware Hospice, we have several established programs for providing compassionate and expert care — including a hospice center, full end-of-life support, symptom management and support during serious illnesses, and a transitions program helping families manage the logistics involved with caregiving.

Calling Those with a Heart for Hospice

Hospice professionals show up to work every day and make a difference for those in their care.

It’s an incredible undertaking.

Fortunately, those providing hospice care in their communities tend to feel that every day is worth it — whether they work in patient care or administration.

In a recent study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, hospice care professionals reported feeling valued by patients and families.  They also felt “an intrinsic satisfaction for the type of work.”

One potential reason for this intrinsic satisfaction?  A true sense of local and regional community.

For over 40 years, Delaware Hospice has served the entire state of Delaware and the Southern Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania.

That’s a long time (and a large coverage area).  Yet, in that time, we’ve forged personal connections with the families who return to us, time and again, when their life journeys require extra care.

Our 260 employees directly make people’s lives better.  We seek to make their lives better, too.  Each of our employees receives excellent benefits, becomes part of a tight-knit professional community, and knows they’re changing people’s lives — including their own.

If you have a heart for hospice, we invite you to join our community of compassionate healthcare and administration professionals. Contact us for further information or check out our Facebook and Instagram to see how we’re changing lives in our local communities.

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