Anyone Have Experience with Hospice in the Denver Area?

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  1. JPsKate

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    Looking for recommendations, any help much appreciated.
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    Sorry no experience. But my thoughts are with you and your family.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    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.
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    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.
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  5. MrBob

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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    I hope all goes well if there is a move.
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    Thanky you, their plan is to be here next month. So far she's still doing remarkably well. Here's hoping her treatment cessation bounce continues long enough to make that happen.
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    Big changes in elevation can be challenging for people already in ill health.
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    I asked about that in our last meeting with hospice and they said that she’s so excited about moving here that it seems to have energized her and given her a sense of purpose. Prior to making that decision she was having trouble getting out of bed and was depressed. So although the altitude may be a challenge, it seems like the net benefit for whatever time she has left is worth it for her.

    She has visited me here quite a bit and not had a problem with the altitude, even when she was going through some pretty tough chemo. Hopefully that will continue to hold true.
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    Hospice can provide an 02 concentrator or supplemental 02 as needed. I have complete faith in the healthy atmosphere of Colorado, it's been great for me.
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    There's a great live-in facility in Littleton.... my GF's mom was there until the end. It has anything from having your own apartment to full-time around the clock staff care.
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