Hospice Maui, a nonprofit community service agency that has been providing hospice care to the residents of Maui since 1981, continues to grow along with the needs of the Maui community. Just this year, Hospice Maui's average daily census has doubled from an average of 30 patients a day to over 60 patients a day.
In order to meet the increase in demand for hospice care, Hospice Maui has welcomed nine new clinical team members so far in 2013, including four hospice nurses, a social worker, two hospice aides, a grief group counselor and a clinical assistant.
"We are committed to growing with and serving our community with the highest quality compassionate care available," said Hospice Maui Clinical Director Janelle Todd, RN. "In addition to the nine new clinical staff members, a class of 15 new Hospice Maui patient volunteers completed the 34-hour hospice volunteer training program on Monday, Nov. 4.
Hospice Care is about how we live our final months or weeks of life. Easter Doyle (pictured here) spent his final weeks at home surrounded by his loving family with the support, guidance and compassionate care of Hospice Maui.
Hospice care is more than treating the symptoms of the patient. It is a comprehensive form of care that includes visits from highly skilled staff, including nurses, hospice aids, social workers, spiritual care counselors, physicians and trained volunteers.
"We have invested a great deal of time into training these new volunteers for the benefit of our community," said Todd. "Their commitment to volunteer their time to serve the residents of Maui is truly humbling. With their support, we will be able to continue to serve all patients and their families in need of hospice care."
When a patient learns that he or she is terminally ill, it can be very traumatic for both the patient and the family. The Hospice Maui team works with patients and their families to anticipate their needs and ease their fears. The care, knowledge and compassionate support offered by Hospice Maui can bring comfort, dignity and peace of mind to both the patient and the family.
The U.S. Congress has designated the month of November as National Hospice Month. During this month, Hospice Maui encourages you to share your hospice care stories with friends and colleagues, as they can help to increase awareness and access to this compassionate form of care.
To learn more about the hospice care program at Hospice Maui, call 244-5555 or visit HospiceMaui.org.