Anyone Have Experience with Hospice in the Denver Area?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by JPsKate, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. JPsKate

    JPsKate Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,776
    Location:
    East Buttcrackistan, Colorado
    Looking for recommendations, any help much appreciated.
    #1
  2. cidi

    cidi cidi Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    754
    Location:
    Fairplay, CO
    Sorry no experience. But my thoughts are with you and your family.
    #2
  3. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    8,018
    Location:
    Peoples republic of Kalifornia, East...Kolarado
    Yes. They are all companies. Many dedicated people. But again. They are companies, first. There are many great benefits to entering hospice. If the patient should improve, you can suspend. That’s a good thing to know. Also,they are not there to cure or make life last longer. They are there to help with end times, and to reduce long term hospital stays during end of life times. As for different companies. I can’t really comment. It’s never easy. My thoughts are with you.
    #3
  4. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,686
    Location:
    Colorado
    Yeah, no local experience. Check to see if any of the hospitals have a hospice unit. My FIL just passed a few weeks ago and the hospital he was in had a unit they moved him into. Did not charge him for his final 8 or so days in the hospice unit. Best wishes.
    #4
  5. MrBob

    MrBob Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2005
    Oddometer:
    18,070
    Location:
    Tallahassee, FL
    I worked for the Denver Hospice and Namaste Hospice providing nursing care. Denver Hospice has a residence for patient’s who can’t remain in their homes - a huge asset - and I found Denver Hospice to be more professional.
    Your hospice team, regardless of who employs them, will determine the quality if the experience.
    #5
    JPsKate and Blakebird like this.
  6. JPsKate

    JPsKate Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,776
    Location:
    East Buttcrackistan, Colorado
    Thanks for the replies.

    She stopped all treatment in July but is still upright (and according to her caregiver “remarkably healthy” other than that whole dying of cancer thing). She’s currently under care in another state but has decided she would like to transfer here for the remainder of time she has left, which is still tbd. Her excellent team there suggested asking for recommendations here. The goal is to keep her at home. I’m hoping for kindness and competence in equal measure. Would you say that Denver Hospice is more likely to offer that?
    #6
  7. MrBob

    MrBob Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2005
    Oddometer:
    18,070
    Location:
    Tallahassee, FL
    Compassion is what hospice is about. Your rapport with the hospice team is what will define your experience, regardless of which hospice. Collaborating with the care team to develop a care plan that specifically addresses patient and family wishes, and understanding what hospice can and cannot do, is critical. It’s okay to request a change in the team or team members if the rapport is lacking. Many people remain passive in this regard and then wonder why they didn’t have a better experience. Be involved.
    Also, hospices have service areas. If you call Denver and request an admission interview, they’ll tell you theirs.
    Denver Hospice has been around a long time and they train their people well. Again, their having a residence available is huge. A dear friend was transferred there last year when her caregiver melted down and her care was excellent.
    Feel free to PM, I’ve been working in hospice since 1991.
    #7
    Deano955, JPsKate and ROAD DAMAGE like this.
  8. wakewop

    wakewop Hucker

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,348
    Location:
    westminster co
    I have experience w in home hospice. Recent too. MrBob is spot on with everything. Denver Hospce is fantastic. The service they provided for my Mom was amzing.
    #8
    JPsKate likes this.
  9. JPsKate

    JPsKate Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,776
    Location:
    East Buttcrackistan, Colorado
    Thanks that exactly the kind of first hand feedback I was looking for. And thanks to you @MrBob for your insight as a person who works in hospice.
    #9
    oldmanb777 and Deano955 like this.