HOSPICE 101

Deciding whether a loved one is ready for hospice is never an easy choice. For many when we hear the word hospice we associate it with losing someone  dear to us, making the decision to involve hospice that much harder.  Hospice is not about death; it is about the enhancement of life a person has remaining.

Although end-of-life care is often difficult to discuss, it is important for families to have the “talk” well before it becomes a concern.  By doing so, you lessen the stress for everyone when the time for hospice is needed. Once you’ve had the discussion, you can then begin to research possible options for your loved ones specific needs. Typically, hospice care begins at the request or referral of the patient’s doctor.  Once a referral is made, a hospice representative contacts the family to schedule a meeting to discuss the specific needs of both the patient and the family and or caregiver.

• Confirm that the agency/organization is licensed by your state.

• What services do they provide?

• How is a patients’ pain controlled?

• How often will a nurse or other hospice staff visit?

• How much of the care provided is covered by Medicare?

• Are there daily updates for the family?

• Is there an emergency number in place if a family member is caring for the patient and needs assistance?

Hospice is about affirming life, and exists to support those with incurable illnesses as they begin the journey to their end. Although many of us associate hospice with sorrow, the hospice experience often includes times of joy, heartwarming memories and peace.

To find out more about hospice, please contact Hospice Services at Methodist ElderCare at (614) 451-6700 or click here for more information https://www.wesleyhospice.com/


Knowing the Stages of Grief

Grief, the 5 letter word that weighs a ton.

Dealing with grief varies from person to person.  What most of us don’t realize is there are different stages of grief and knowing the stages can help you and your family deal better through the process after losing a loved one.  Often people say that time heals all wounds, which is not necessarily true when it comes to losing someone you love. There is no good or bad, right or wrong way to grieve, however, there are healthy ways.

The grief process is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when someone you love is taken away. The more significant the loss, the more intense the grief.  The key to understanding the stages of grief is not to feel you have to have to experience the stages in any particular order. Instead, use them as guides in the grieving process.

Here are the common stages of grief that people go through, according to WebMD.com:

• Denial, numbness, and shock: Numbness is a normal reaction to death or loss and should never be confused with “not caring”. This stage helps protect us from experiencing the intensity of the loss. It can be useful when we have to take some action, such as planning a funeral, notifying relatives or reviewing important papers.  As we move through the experience and slowly acknowledges its impact, the initial denial and disbelief fade.

• Bargaining: This stage of grief may be marked by persistent thoughts about what “could have been done” to prevent the death or loss.  Some people become obsessed with thinking about specific ways things could have been done differently to save the person’s life or prevent the loss.  If this stage of grief isn’t dealt with and resolved, the person may live with intense feelings of guilt or anger that can interfere with the healing process.

• Depression: In this stage, we begin to realize and feel the true extent of death or loss.  Common signs of depression in this stage include trouble sleeping, poor appetite, fatigue, lack of energy, and crying spells.  We may also have self-pity and feel lonely, isolated, empty, lost and anxious.

• Anger: This stage is common.  It usually happens when we feel helpless and powerless. Anger can stem from a feeling of abandonment because of a death or loss.  Sometimes we’re angry at higher power, at the doctors who cared for a lost loved one, or toward life in general.

• Acceptance: In time, we can come to terms with all the emotions and feelings we experienced when the death or loss happened.  Healing can begin once loss becomes integrated into our set of life experiences.

Because there are no rules or time limits to the grieving process its possible that you could experience one or more of these stages again. The two most common of the stages that return over time are depression and anger. If this happens, don’t be alarmed and just remember that each individual should define his or her own healing process after the loss of a loved one.  Again, there is no limit to how long one should grieve, however, the difficult times should become less intense and shorter as time goes by.

To find out more about hospice and the grieving process, please contact Wesley Hospice at 614-451-6700 or click here for more information.


Taste of Ridge

The Guild at Wesley Ridge hosted its first-ever “Taste of Ridge” this past Tuesday night at the Wesley Ridge Retirement Community.  Nearly 100 guests enjoyed food from Cimi’s Bistro at Pinnacle; Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar; Culver’s; The Sunset Grille & Sports Bar; Edible Arrangements; Uno Pizzeria & Grill; Tom + Chee; Starbucks; and Gigi’s Cupcakes.

Methodist ElderCare chefs treated everyone to a sneak preview of their Taste of Gahanna entry (check them out there on Thursday, October 9!):  wow!  They knocked it out of the park.  And Walgreens, The Guild at Wesley Ridge, Hospice Services at Methodist ElderCare, and Wesley At Home had booths with lots of goodies and raffles.  Mary Beth Quillin was the lucky winner of the beautiful decorated pumpkin and Glenna Collura won the snuggly throw from Wesley At Home.  Congratulations to both!