A Hospice Doctor Makes House Calls
I read a touching story in our local paper today which describes very clearly how hospice care helps a patient as well as her entire family. Teryl Zarnow, the columnist, writes:
We all approach the end of life as beginners.
Mayo, who practiced outpatient geriatric medicine for 20 years, probably knows more about death than anyone else in the room.
A big symptom of impending death is a family’s pain.
What hurts the most? Thinking that someone we love is suffering. Mayo relieves that anxiety.
This story echoes the positive hospice experience my family had, too. It makes me feel grateful again that hospice care exists and we were able to benefit from it during my mom’s final years. The full article about Dr. Jim Mayo’s hospice house call, philosophy and approach to death and dying can be read by clicking here.
As a hospice doctor for Kaiser Permanente, Mayo will lose mostly all of his patients.
But his success rate is downright inspiring.
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