Having read Bonnie Pease’s letter I felt compelled to share the experience my family and I had recently with RTA Hospice & Palliative Care.
Our situations parallel each other in a remarkable way, which, coincidentally began with the Palliative Care Program, which is now known as the Bridging Program. Four years ago our family physician, Dr. Michael Lowe recommended we contact the Palliative Care Program to assist with my mother Jeanne Cullimore and myself during the initial stages of her declining health.
As with Mrs. Meyers, my family received help with a number of issues that we were not prepared to deal with, we gained not only an advocate, but also a friend who was willing to work as hard as needed to be of assistance to us. This continued when my mother had to leave her home going into an assisted living facility, I was able to call the program director who was always available to lend a hand.
In February of this year, my mother was admitted to RTA Hospice, they provided exceptional care to her and, as with Mrs. Meyers, my mother spent her final days in Hospice’s beautiful in-patient unit.
With doctors, nurses and aides caring for my mom, her last days on earth were comfortable, she was treated with dignity and respect, which was her wish. I have volunteered at RTA for 4-1/2 years, always being pleased with the care given to their patients, but when my mother was in need and I saw the care given to her from a family’s eyes I was amazed.
With November being National Hospice Month I would encourage anyone with questions regarding themselves or a loved one to contact RTA for information on Hospice and the Bridging Program.