安寧療護為乳癌病人及其家屬作出貢獻

VITAS如何幫助

「當我第一次開始照顧我媽時,我不知道她需要些什麼。我迷失了,」 Marneice Wells回憶。「沒有安寧療護,我不知道該怎麼辦。」

Marneice的母親Geraldine Wells在2002年被診斷出得乳癌。乳房切除後,她經歷放射治療和化療。2011年癌症復發,到了2015年,癌細胞轉移到她身體其他部位。Geraldine住進了安寧療護設施。

對Marneice而言,成為她母親的全職看護人員同時做全職工作讓她不堪負荷。她依賴VITAS Healthcare安寧療護團隊「…做每件小事。」

「團隊在幫助我上面扮演了重要角色。 Whether it was helping me get my mother's medicine or being there for me to have someone to talk to, someone was there 24 hours a day and called me back immediately," explains Marneice.

When the team wasn’t helping Marneice with direct patient care, including pain medications, symptom management, oxygen and medical equipment, they were directing Marneice to additional resources, such as Medicaid, other financial assistance and someone to care for her mother while Marneice was at work.

An Amazing Hospice Team

As the cancer progressed, the team helped calm an agitated Geraldine with lavender scented aromatherapy. When the cancer weakened her facial muscles and Geraldine couldn't eat solid food anymore, the team's dietician made sure she got the nutrition she needed. When Marneice wanted to take her mother out, the team was there with a portable oxygen pump to make it possible.

"Mom loved her team," says Marneice. "And I don't know what I would have done without them. If I had questions or concerns, if I needed moral support, I would call Charlie (Charlotte Collins, team manager) first."

Geraldine Wells died on September 9, 2016. In her obituary, Marneice made sure to mention VITAS Team #137. Today, Marneice still gets assistance from the team, with the bereavement specialist offering her grief support.

Asked what she would tell someone in the same position she was in, Marniece says, "I would recommend hospice. I would recommend VITAS. With their help, I know I did everything I could for my mother."

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