We recently received an email from the son of a patient who was on service at Hospice of
Central Arkansas in Hot Springs, Ark. He also happens to be a community physician. Here is what he said: “My mom was recently enrolled in hospice care and died last Thursday. She was a very private person. She died in her own home, without a lot of pain, without a lot of strangers, just as she wanted.

“I was a family doctor for 36 years. I really didn’t think I needed any help taking care of mom. I was so wrong. We would never have made it through her last week without the help of the hospice staff. I cannot tell you how much they meant to our family. All the staff members were wonderful. They
were compassionate, uplifting, and knowledgeable.

“Mom looked forward to seeing her aide, Brittney Elsea, every day. Brittney put in the extra effort and dramatically improved her quality of life in her last weeks. Iva (Eileen) Saveall, RN, Latasha Jenkins, RN, and Lisa Bridges, RN, each came along at particularly stressful times with words of wisdom and compassion.

“Please express my deepest gratitude and admiration to the staff of Hospice of Central Arkansas for their care of my mom.”

What a difference the Hot Springs team made for this patient and her family. They allowed the patient to die comfortably in her home with her family close by. Brittney improved the quality of her life in her last few weeks. Eileen, Latasha, and Lisa not only took care of her medical issues, they listened and provided comfort for the patient and her family. The family felt supported and informed.