PHILIPSBURG:--- Did you ever think about the last journey of your life? If you are terminally ill, your time is precious. We are here to guide you or your loved one towards a peaceful closure when your departure from the earth comes closer.
Hospice care is a type of healthcare that focuses on treating a terminally ill client’s symptoms and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs at the end of life. Hospice care prioritizes comfort and quality of life by reducing pain and suffering. The Hospice at the St. Martin’s Home of the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF) is now up and running for one year and specializes in providing this type of (palliative) care.
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of clients (adults and children) and their families and loved ones who are facing problems associated with a life-threatening illness. We try our absolute best to make the client feel safe, comfortable, loved, and well taken care of. We prefer to call it comfort care since the aim is to improve the quality of life for the client and the loved ones around them.
In palliative care, the goal is to prevent or treat symptoms by early observations and adequate response to problems described by the client. Some symptoms are not 100 % preventable or treatable. However, we will make sure the client is as comfortable as possible in their situation. This kind of care requires an interdisciplinary team approach; therefore, we work together with other healthcare professionals to provide quality of life.
In our Hospice, we work with an around-the-clock professional nursing staff team. The team consists of caring healthcare workers, who collaborate with our physical therapist, speech therapist, and occupational therapist to provide the highest quality care. We uphold the self-respect and autonomy of the client and have a supportive role towards them and their loved ones. We realize that loved ones are also severely affected by the life-threatening illness of the client. Therefore, the team will have attention to the role of the loved ones as well. Together with them, it is possible to provide this much-needed care at the last stage of someone's life.
In our Hospice, the client will have their own private room, and we allow rooming-in when desired. Family and loved ones of the client are always welcome, even to sleep over when this is preferred. All bedrooms have double doors to our porch and garden where small gatherings with family and friends can take place. The Hospice has a fully equipped kitchen if visitors wish to cook a meal for their loved ones.
Palliative care within the home setting is also possible, if someone prefers to stay home at the last stage of life, they will receive proper guidance and care at home. The district nursing team of the WYYCF will be further trained and skilled by our specialized Palliative Care nurse to provide this end-of-life care.
There is no end in caring; therefore, when it is time to round off our earthly journey, it is wished for everyone to do this in such a way that the last days are spent with quality of life.
"We don't add days to your life but life to your days." C. Saunders – Founder of Hospice Care
The White & Yellow Cross Care Foundation #trustedcare