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Q: What is a quality of life program?

Posted September 26, 2012 in Advice Column

A: We are often asked what to look for when selecting a hospice provider. Something to consider is how does the hospice go beyond care expectations to support quality of life during the remaining days, weeks and months for both the patient and the family? The caring staff at HCI Care Services actively seeks opportunities to bring joy to patients and their families, be they small gestures that leave a lasting impact or large-scale wishes. Unfortunately, family members are not always nearby. That’s when HCI Care Services’ quality of life program helps to reunite family members, enabling them to cherish one another and create lasting memories.

HCI Hospice Care Services patient Katharyn Hayes had a grandson graduating this year. Though he was graduating from a school in-state, Katharyn wasn’t up to the physical demands of making both the journey and the ceremony in one day. She was overjoyed when HCI Care Services of South-Central Iowa social worker Rose Ruchti told her the organization could help her by providing travel expenses. In addition to seeing her grandson graduate, she was also able to see her daughter, whom she had not seen in several years and to meet her great-grandson for the first time.

Hospice care is a unique, holistic approach to healthcare in that it centers on not only alleviating physical symptoms but also on addressing psychosocial and spiritual care. Choose a hospice provider that takes the time to listen to what matters most to you and your family.

Information provided by Terry Terrones, RN, MSN, CHPN, HCI Care Services of South-Central Iowa, 103 East Van Buren St., Centerville, (641) 856-5502,

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