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Our mission is to help you and your family plan and receive the care you deserve with dignity and respect.

The majority of Americans want to die at home surrounded by family and friends, but most end up dying in the hospital or nursing home, cared for by strangers. Half of Americans die in pain that could have been treated. Sick people have come to fear losing their dignity or burdening their families more than they fear death. And this is all happening in a country that is meant to prize the rights of individuals and champion respect for personal wishes. Compassion Hospice was established because you and your family deserve better. We provide nationally-recognized comfort care in the privacy, comfort and familiar surroundings of your own home. We provide you with the practical information, advice and legal tools you need to ensure your wishes and those of your loved ones will be respected. By helping you improve your own quality of care, we can bring about dramatic change, one person at a time.
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A document gaining in popularity recently that may also help you is the Five Wishes Document. The Five Wishes document helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it looks to all of a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also encourages discussing your wishes with your family and physician: Aging with Dignity

We know for many people, life around Christmas and the other holidays can be especially difficult as we continue to mourn the loss of a loved one. Help is available. Here are a few ways to cope with your loss:

Some Ways to Cope With Grief During the Holidays

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  • Give Yourself Permission

    Giving yourself permission to feel is exactly what it sounds like. It means allowing yourself to feel whatever emotion emerges, whenever it emerges, without judgment or shame.

  • Accept Your Thoughts and Feelings

    Accepting our feelings without criticism can be such a valuable tool for us. It puts us in a right relationship with reality.

  • Give Yourself Grace

    Give yourself a ton of grace this season, and for the rest of your life, really, and don’t care what anyone else thinks about how you’re handling your pain.

Read more from the excellent timely article here:

Some Ways to Cope With Grief During the Holidays

If you’re mourning the loss of your loved one, we have trained counselors available to help. 409-835-8357

More Moments, made possible by Compassion Hospice

Samantha and I helped one of our patients celebrate his 90th birthday yesterday! He came to us just hoping to make it to his 90th birthday but with great care by Samantha and the rest of the team, he’s looking forward to more. 🙂

Cake by one of our Social Workers – Heather, and candle be-grudgingly loaned by my 2 year old Audrey. 😉

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A new study released by the New England Journal of Medicine found that among patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, those who received hospice care lived, on average, almost two months longer than those who received standard care. Researchers also found that the patients receiving hospice care reported a higher quality of life through the final course of their illness.

The goals of hospice care are to improve the quality of a seriously ill person’s life and to support that person and their family during and after treatment. Sharing the same philosophy of hospice care which is usually provided in the final months of life, palliative care may be provided at any stage during a serious or life-limiting illness.

We’ll begin highlighting Compassion Hospice success stories – we have a team right here in Southeast Texas delivering world-class quality care.

Compassion Hospice Salutes Veterans

Compassion Hospice is a proud partner of We Honor Veterans, a national project developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

American’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. We as a hospice may provide the last opportunity for Veterans to feel that their service was not in vain, and that they are appreciated. Simple acts of gratitude at the end-of-life can make up for a lack of appreciation or recognition during the Veteran’s lifetime, especially for those Veterans who were never welcomed home or thanked for their service. Veterans may also have experiences from their military service that present unique needs at the end of life.

By partnering with the NHPCO and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Compassion Hospice seeks to thank those who served and give them the Hero’s Welcome they deserve.

More info can be found on our We Honor Veterans  Page

Compassion Hospice Honors Veterans

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Compassion Hospice will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans we proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away – and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.

What is a Hospice Volunteer?

Hospice Volunteers Offer Necessary Support

By Angela Morrow, RN

Hospice volunteers are volunteers who have donated their time and resources to support hospice patients, caregivers, and staff. They are an essential part of our well-run hospice program. Hospice volunteers may do a number of important tasks that range from assisting in office work to sitting at a dying patient’s bed side. Because a hospice agency needs many volunteers to succeed, there are plenty of jobs for volunteers to do that utilize an individual’s talents and skills.hospice volunteers are important

The Many Jobs of a Hospice Volunteer

Some services a hospice agency can offer are based solely on the types of people they have volunteering and their personal talents and skills. For example, a hospice agency that has certified massage therapists and beauticians volunteering will be able to offer those services to their patients whereas an agency without these types of volunteers won’t.

Below is a list of just some of the many jobs a hospice volunteer may do:

  • Administrative work – making photo copies, filing paperwork, assembling admission packets, etc.
  • Social visits – visiting patients at their place of residence to offer them companionship and support.
  • Caregiver relief – assuming care of a patient for a couple of hours to allow the caregiver time for a break.
  • Massage therapy – certified massage therapists may offer various types of massage to patients. Some agencies also sponsor staff appreciation days with free mini-massages for hospice staff.
  • Beautician/barber services – licensed beauticians and barbers may donate their services to patients in the patient’s home setting. This is an especially helpful service for patients who cannot make it to a salon or barber shop.
  • Aromatherapy – trained aroma therapists use scents to aid in relaxation and pain relief. Some hospice agencies offer aromatherapy training for their volunteers.
  • Pet companions – pets that are trained and certified companions can be taken to patients homes, nursing facilities, or inpatient hospice facilities to provide companionship and pure pleasure to hospice patients.

There may be other duties for hospice volunteers, depending on the agency’s needs, the skills of hospice volunteers, and the needs of patients and families. No matter what skills you possess, if you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact our coordinator Melissa at 409-835-8357 .