while the question of starting to smoke should always be answered with a resounding no, is it okay for a patient to keep smoking once they enter end of life care?Read More
I’ve worked in hospice since 2006 after gaining experience in various positions in the business world. I believe a past position in the funeral industry, along with my own experience with my father’s battle with Alzheimer’s, have given me a unique perspective and comfort level with death and the concerns of our patients and their families.
My work allows me to be a part of a team effort that makes a huge difference in a patient’s quality of life and their families’ quality of life. I’m able to meet with these individuals, learn about their biggest concerns, gather information about their goals for end of life care and educate them about the hospice philosophy and its benefits. The connection I’m able to make with these families and the results I witness from the services we provide is incredibly rewarding.
Hospice is the ultimate level of care for individuals who are ready to be comfortable, manage their symptoms and live their life as normally as possible. The opportunity to educate more people about the true nature of hospice care is exciting for me because it results in more patients being able to enjoy the benefits.
A normal day in this position is not a normal day. It requires flexibility, persistence and patience. But, it allows me to put people at ease, help them understand what we do and don’t do and make them comfortable. Bringing a calmness where there was worry about doubt keeps me coming back each day.
Outside of work, I play golf, fish, and enjoy outdoor sports. I grew up in Tulsa, and now have been married for 30 years and have two grown daughters.