3/26/2018 0 Comments
End of life care
My Oma raised me in large part. We've spent the last 24 years together more often than apart. We shared a bed for many years in my youth, in her 1 bedroom apartment. We've shared "joint custody" with my wiener dog, Beanie, when my hours at work left her home too long alone. We developed our own little ways, together, through our lives, first with her caring for me, with it then her sharing the same bond with my daughter, then us caring for her, as age took its toll. I could not be more grateful for every moment I have spent with her. Most memories I have somehow include or stem from her. By "Meredith Grey terms", she is my person and I am hers.
None of us get out of here alive. My Oma used to tell me that. Still does. For now.
Through out the last month I have become more familiar with the processes related to acquiring long term care within our area. I have checked out assisted living spaces at nursing and senior homes close to my home, hoping to bring her closer to me so as to better aid in her care. I have begun to understand the privilege of Hospice, and difficulties with acquiring such amazing care services. I have come to see their beauty and the need to ensure that such services are available to all, not just those who have family and friends to aid in advocating and managing the red tape of our current systems. What about those that are impoverished? Those that lack in life, then continue to lack in death. Neither should be acceptable.
We need to discuss how and why there are not more available spaces, and how we as a community can come together and aid to create and better support them. Locally, our hospice system is mainly volunteer based and donation funded. Their smaller settings allow for families comfort and a homier surrounding than a hospital. I'll engage more on that later, but they can always use your help. To demand funding from our provincial governance to better assure that the number of local available units can manage the flows that are needed to accommodate our community. We need to discuss how we can best support the loving staff and volunteers, those that we entrust to care for our treasured family members at every step of their journey.
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