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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time that makes us reflect on the true impact of these services and the lives they touch. Every day Delaware Hospice and Delaware Palliative help make important moments possible for patients and their families. Our focus on improving the quality of life is central to the care we provide.

We’ve cared for people over the 35 years throughout the entire state of Delaware and in Southern Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania. Through these years we’ve cherished so many stories that demonstrate the impact of hospice and palliative care. In this November blog, we are honored to share a few of those stories.

Delaware Hospice CNA, Ronnie discovered her patient Jerry loved to dance. Before Ronnie would leave from her daily visit with Jerry, she would take Jerry’s hand and ask him to dance. Together they would glide around the room. Jerry loved those moments and always waited for his “dance partner’s” visits each day. For Jerry’s wife of 55 years, Joy, hospice “lifted the weight of the world off my shoulders. Everyone that walked into our home was wonderful and so caring.”

Ron and his wife Loretta have been together for 60 years. It was just over a year ago when Ron’s blood work came back abnormal and his doctor told him soon his body would no longer respond to nourishment from food. Ron became too weak to get out of bed and he began to spend his days in pain. His daughter knew it was time to call Delaware Hospice. Delaware Hospice was able to manage his symptoms and improve his quality of life. Ron was even able to go out to dinner with his wife, something he loved to do. Ron has also witnessed a few other recent milestones. In the past year he helped welcome, not one, but two great-grandchildren into the world and watched his granddaughter graduate from high school. All important moments for Ron, a true family man.

Sometimes it is something simple that means so much. Like feeling well enough to do something nice for others. Baking cookies for the patients at our Delaware Hospice Center may seem like a small thing, but it really is a big thing. Wanda’s cookies bring happiness to others, a warm cookie can mean a lot.

This year’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month theme is “It’s about how you live”. Over the past 35 years we’ve celebrated so many moments of life with our patients and their families. These services are truly focused on how to live, when moments and memories matter most.