For the dying, and for those caring for dying loved ones in the final season of their life, hospice can feel like earthbound angels have arrived to help you.
I’ve made thousands of phone calls to individuals as part of my hospice job in grief support. I do not exaggerate when declaring that gratitude for hospice staff is frequent. Perhaps the enthusiastic compliments were for a home health aide who regularly visited for months or an admit nurse only with the patient in the beginning moments of hospice care. Both were dubbed “life savers!” Equally true is frequent praise for the entire agency: “Everyone was wonderful to Dad!”
But “frequent” is not 100%. At the Medicare site that compares hospices in the United States, what do you think is the percentage for the statement below?
Family caregivers who would definitely recommend this hospice to friends and family:
In other words, Medicare has determined that ___% of people, after being served by a specific hospice agency, would vouch for that company to the people they know.
One of those five numbers is the correct answer. That means a small to significant percentage of respondents were likely disappointed by the care for their loved one. Read More →by