baptist1CALHOUN, Ky. (1/25/19) — A program dealing with the end of life traces its roots to its birth place in the city of Calhoun. A presentation by Baptist Health Hospice of Madisonville to McLean County Chamber members yesterday told about the beginnings of the organization along the banks of the Green River.

Kellie Gipson, Baptist Health Hospice volunteer coordinator, said Green River Hospice was started by a pastor and volunteers to help people deal with end-of-life issues. Later, Trover Foundation bought the organization, which is now known as Baptist Health Hospice.

Gipson said all patients are presented with one of the organization's “prayer shawls”, which are made by a volunteers at Earlington First Christian Church. And, volunteers perform various tasks to help patients. Volunteers are always sought and needed, she said.

She and Baptist Health Hospice Liaison Joyce Crump also talked about the various facets of Hospice including having an assigned nurse to make regular visits evaluating a Hospice patient’s condition and conferring with their physician; providing a 24/7 nurse on call; professional home health aides available; a social worker to assist with psychological and emotional concerns or issues; advice on living wills, community services and providing support for patient and family; spiritual counselors, volunteers to assist primary care givers with care and support; and, bereavement counselors to hep the family through the transition period following the patient’s death.

Crump talked about hospice eligibility such as a patient that has a prognosis by physician’s opinion with a life expectancy of six months or less following the normal disease progression; has made a decision to work with quality of life and comfort rather than curative care; and, has a competent person willing to be trained in hospice care to take responsibility for primary care when the patient is unable to do so.

She said Riverside Nursing Home in Calhoun has been a valuable partner in bringing comfort to residents at end-of-life stages.

baptist2baptist3“We work to control the symptoms not the treatment of the disease,” Crump explained.

Anyone may contact Baptist Health Hospice with a concern about someone in need of hospice care at (270) 326-4660, said Crump.

Cameron Edwards, Baptist Health Foundation development manager, said he’s dealt with hospice through several family members.

“It’s not about death,” said Edwards. “It’s about another part of life.”

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

 

 

 

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