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Trust and Care

Jordan kelly, RN, BSN

This patient’s story is close to my heart because of my hospice background. The patient and her family had been told numerous times by the pulmonologist that there was nothing more that could be done medically for her. The patient was chair/bed bound with little quality of life. The patient was tired and ready to let go but the daughter was not. I worked with the daughter for two months to explore her fears and past experiences and defining what it meant to have her mother continue receiving antibiotics and prolonging her life. The patient continued to spiral downward during those two months as well. I was able to finally connect the daughter with a hospice team member with whom I had worked and deeply trusted. The daughter was able to place her mother in hospice and allow her to pass away comfortably within 2 weeks. The family also received bereavement care through hospice. The family has since reported that they were pleased with the experience with hospice and glad they made the decision to get help with the last two weeks of their mother’s life.

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