At some point, almost every family has to cope with a loved one who has a terminal diagnosis. It’s something no one has to go through alone.
Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home helps families through this process and Thursday they’re hosting a luncheon to honor those who make it all possible.
Mike Thompson passed away in January 2016 surrounded by family and helped by caregivers.
LeighAnn Thompson remembers her father-in-law’s care at Hospice House.
“Our expectations were not that he would see Christmas, but not only did he see Christmas, he saw it well and Mike was actually with us through February,” says Thompson.
LeighAnn’s father-in-law found the help he needed at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home. They gave the entire family support during his last days of life.
“It’s a huge privilege to do this, to be able to be with people that’s usually the worst moment that they’ve ever seen,” says Dr. Garrett Snipes, Medical Director of Spartanburg Regional Hospice.
Dr. Snipes started helping hospice patients back in 1978.
“Dying is tough and folks need support at the end of life,” says Snipes. “They need the support of a chaplin, a social worker, the nurses and yes the physicians.”
The Spartanburg Regional Hospice program has been around since the 1980’s – this facility has been open for more than 10 years.
They offer terminally ill patients a family-friendly facility with all the comforts of home. From a kitchen, to a library, to a meditation room and even a play area for the kids.
“There’s a lot of care that goes into the care of a hospice patient, but that includes their family, we surround their whole family, that patient with our team,” says Director of Palliative Care and Senior Health Kim Ross.
It’s support that makes a difference.
“They were our life line, we would not have been able to do it without the help of the hospice home,” Thompson says.
Hospice House continues family care for a year after the patient passes away.
Spartanburg Regional will host the ‘Hope Blooms for Hospice’ Luncheon Thursday to celebrate the work they’ve done and to highlight the patients, families, and programs they offer.