Testimonials | Hospice can be a gift from God you were looking for and the answer to a prayer.

don-and-grace-holcomberecieving-a-diagnosisMy husband, Don, was very ill with Lewy Body Dementia…his illness was terminal. Exhausted from all the caregiving…I was told by our primary doctor that it was time to get help from hospice. Like most I was not ready to admit we needed hospice and I thought it meant he would die within days.

Everything that could be done to keep him comfortable was carried out. We had help with visits from the nurse. Plus there were 24 hour on-call nurses available for support. We were assigned a certified nurse’s aide that came out three times a week to help bathe my husband, which gave me time to rest a bit from the daily care required for Don and to be his wife again.

The social worker went beyond what I had expected in helping…that took a huge load off of me and was much appreciated. Her monthly visits went a long way in providing comfort to me. We had a chaplain assigned to us and we could depend on her faithfully visiting us and providing the spiritual and emotional comfort so needed during this time.

At the time of Don’s death, almost 14 months later, the nurse took care of all calls…in my deep grief I did not have to deal with the initial chores of death. I still attend the caregiver’s group and the grief support group sponsored by Hospice of Shreveport/Bossier. It has provided the understanding and tools needed to take the next step in life.

I would suggest to anyone who has a loved one who is in the end stages of an illness to consider hospice…having the knowledge of people who have been trained in caring for the terminally ill, the support of people who truly care, about others, and the time to spend with your loved one without all of the pressures of caregiving will be a true blessing. My sincerest thanks to the staff at Hospice of Shreveport/Bossier in their continued support even after my husband’s death.

— Grace Holcombe