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Old 10-17-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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How to best support family and patient in hospice?

Hello,
Husbands cousins have admitted their mother into hospice. The mother has requested no visitors or phone calls. I want to honor their wishes, but also know because I have been there how rough of a time it is. I really don't know much. I want to drop off a care package. These are some of the things I have thought of, can you give me your thoughts on whats good or not and any other suggestions?

bought Snacks (chips, frito's, candy, trail mix)
homebaked goodies such as brownies
magazines,
trashy tabloids
hand cream for the mother
furry socks
DvD of comedy tv show...(friends, golden girls, example)

I wanted to take up a lasagna, rolls and dessert for the 2 daughters, but I called hospice where the mother is staying full time, and they don't really have the facilities to put the lasagna until the daughters are ready to go home.

I appreciate any thoughts and what would be good for me to add or to delete.
The two daughters and mother are all very close, and the 3 together have shared many fun, comical, memories together...that is why i am thinking the trashy tabloids on the latest zombie attack, or a comedy tv series would help bring some laughter

 
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
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Re: How to best support family and patient in hospice?

The best thing you can do is prepare a little basket of goodies and have it delivered to the room.

I have been in this position and it was appreciated.

 
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Re: How to best support family and patient in hospice?

You might add some family pictures from happy times in the past. Another good idea might be aromatherapy oils - check with the clinical staff to see if it's allowed.

 
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:08 PM   #4
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Re: How to best support family and patient in hospice?

You didn't say what the patient's disease was, and that might make a difference. I didn't want visitors except for close family as my husband was nothing but skin and bones, especially after the dying process started. However, a basket of goodies for family might be appreciated.

 
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Re: How to best support family and patient in hospice?

I think a basket of fruits or snacks will be good. You can also talk to the family to see what they need. Don't assume what is good for them esp. the laughter part. They may feel very sad. Maybe some flowers or plants are good too if the hospice allows them.

They would appreciate that you are thinking of them.

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