Becoming a hospice volunteer

Volunteers for any nonprofit cause bring their gifts of time and talent and selflessly give them to help others. Nowhere is this commitment more valuable and heartfelt than in hospice. Even at the end of life, there can be a lot of living to do. Hospice makes that possible by bringing care, compassion and hope to…

Myths and Facts about Hospice

Lack of information, misunderstandings, and fear keep many people from taking advantage of hospice services. The truth is, dying is an uncomfortable subject that most people don’t what to think about. Thankfully, CHP Hospice offers an incredibly compassionate and loving approach to a terribly unsettling experience. Here are some common myths, and the facts, about…

Hospice from the Perspective of a Physician

A patient’s hospice care team is a specially-trained, multidisciplinary group with each member playing a role in the planning, providing, and managing of the patient’s end-of-life care. Playing a crucial role in the care team is the hospice medical director, an expert physician that is responsible for ensuring that every patient’s care wishes are honored,…

You Have the Right to Choose Hospice

Do you know your rights when it comes to choosing your hospice care provider? “It’s important to know that hospice is ultimately YOUR decision,” said Krista Steiner, RN, Hospice Coordinator for CHP Hospice. “Hospice admission requires a physician referral, but the patient or family can initiate the discussion with their doctor when the situation is…

Hospice Means Quality of Life

When illness cannot be cured, hospice is a life-affirming approach to meeting the needs of the patient, their family members, and caregivers. But there is a lot of confusion about what hospice is and what it provides. “Simply put, hospice is appropriate whenever a patient has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, that if it…

Experience is the Best Teacher

The widow of a hospice patient spoke recently at the CHP “Beacon of Hope” dinner/auction in Van Wert describing her family’s hospice experience. Chris Turner conveyed how her husband, Glenn, fought valiantly against a rare form of cancer. Following diagnosis and progressing through months of treatments, the family avoided even uttering the dreaded “H-word;” as…