Hospice care is often reserved for end-of-life circumstances. While the immediate reaction among many in the general public is that hospice care might be required during a person’s final days or weeks, patients utilize these services for up to a year, if not a bit longer.
While hospice is designed to provide support and care for those facing end-of-life circumstances, many of these services are provided in facilities. As increasing numbers of people begin to value hospice, they also face a struggle in where to get these important care options.
One particular hospice organization is seeking to improve access to these services and help the general public understand precisely what they offer and why it can be so beneficial for those facing end-of-life circumstances. While Hospice of Marion County may be focused more on outreach and community service, home is where a growing number of people prefer to spend their final days, weeks, or months.
They want to live as best they can with what time they have left. As noted by the Ocala Star Banner in the news blog, New CEO plans to build on Hospice of Marion County legacy, written by Andy Fillmore:
““Hospice care is not necessarily about dying, but about being comfortable with the dying process,” Bourne said.
Bourne is a native of Ohio, but moved to Montana in his teens. After earning a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in management, he worked in the home health care industry for more than 30 years, including 17 as a CEO with Benefis/Spectrum Home Health Care, which put him in a close working relationship with hospitals and end-of-life care professionals.
His most recent position with Accurate Home Care, based in Otsego, Minnesota, involved overseeing health care organizations in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.
Bourne said compassion and empathy learned from his own challenges has “come full circle” to his role in end-of-life care.”
Home care allows people to remain at home, where they are most comfortable. Hospice may be necessary for terminally ill individuals. Even though a person who is terminal and may be ambulatory and physically capable of performing most Activities of Daily Living, a hospice home care provider can offer comfort and assistance as they approach this transition in their life.
Not everyone who requires hospice for several months may have a need for a visiting nurse (at least until the final weeks), but a home care aide could still be a wonderful companion, especially for those who live alone.