Daily Prompt; Google and Rescue Operation

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What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it? 

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Wow, this is an easy post. The last thing I searched through Google was Hospice. Makes sense doesn’t it after what happened here this morning.

Hospice is for patients that want to remain at home and who are dying within a short time. I am learning quickly that although Medicare governs Hospice, the group working within each area can be quite different.

You have firms that have loving people who really care about the patient as much as they do themselves. Even in one group, the shower gals, there are wonderful, take their time people who give patients showers. Then there are those others who want their paycheck. They rush into your home at the last-minute, rush the shower, leaving you, the care giver, wondering if they just sprayed water over the patient.

Hospice is a wonderful program. It keeps many patients out of nursing homes and in the comfort of their own bedrooms and beds. Family and friends always feel more comfortable visiting in a home setting, especially one they have visited in many times before. When you think of the cold nursing home room and the ever-changing staff and the lack of personal touch, most of us would prefer to die in our own familiar territory.

I guess what it boils down to is compatibility. Hospice, staff, patient, family and care givers all agreeing on the quality of care.

This is actually what Hospice is. My job is to get the best help for my brother that special heart to heart bonding and caring attitude. This is why I am looking else where. To me, when someone you love is dying, the waters should be calm, the voice low, the joy pure, and the best memories in the making, resulting in peace and tranquility.peace


What is Hospice?

  • Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.
  • Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death.
  • Hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized knowledge of medical care, including pain management.
  • The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s last days by offering comfort and dignity.
  • Hospice care is provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family members.
  • Hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling a patient’s pain and discomfort.
  • Hospice deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of the disease on the patient and the patient’s family and friends.
  • Hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families before and after a patient’s death.

The word “hospice” stems from the Latin word “hospitium” meaning guesthouse. It was originally used to describe a place of shelter for weary and sick travelers returning from religious pilgrimages. During the 1960’s, Dr. Cicely Saunders, a British physician began the modern hospice movement by establishing St. Christopher’s Hospice near London. St. Christopher’s organized a team approach to professional caregiving, and was the first program to use modern pain management techniques to compassionately care for the dying. The first hospice in the United States was established in New Haven, Connecticut in 1974.

There are more than 4,100 hospice programs in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam. The majority of hospice programs are Medicare-certified. In 2008, over 1.45 million individuals in the United States received hospice care*.

Hospice is not a place but a concept of care. Eighty percent of hospice care is provided in the patient’s home, family member’s home and in nursing homes. Inpatient hospice facilities are sometimes available to assist with caregiving.

What is Covered Under Hospice Care?
If a person has a terminal illness or disease that is no longer responding to aggressive care, they are eligible for hospice care if two physicians can certify to their condition and prognosis. One of these may be the hospice physician. The physicians will certify that if the diseases were to run its normal course, the patient may be expected to die within six months.
This does not mean that the person will definitely die within six months. The course of decline in a patient with a serious illness varies from disease to disease, and even from person to person within the same disease. It simply means that for the foreseeable future, if the illness continues as it usually does, the patient may be expected to die.
What may a patient and his/her family expect to receive in hospice services?
Hospice covers all services, medications and equipment related to the terminal illness. These include:


  • Physician services
  • Nursing services
  • Home health aides
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Medications for pain relief and symptom management
  • Dietary counseling
  • Continuous care during crisis periods
  • Trained volunteers
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Respite care for the family
  • Social work services
  • Psychological and spiritual counseling for the individual
  • Bereavement services for the family for a year after death


The sky was dark

But the moon shone bright

Your silhouette was

Dancing back at me

I wanted to reach

Out and touch you so

But I could not for

For you are now not mine

You made that clear

When you left me

And now I see you

Wrapped in another’s arms

And all I can do

Is bow my head and weep

Terry Shepherd



For Today

Someone on Facebook just said it was Thursday. What? Are you sure? Where did Monday through Wednesday go?

What did I do in those three days prior today? Maybe for today I am a box or Rice Crispies Cereal. I think I can hear myself snap, crackle, and pop.

All I really remember from these past few days is Al and frustrations. Maybe I was standing beside Michael Buble when he sang roseA Foggy Day In London









It is time to put the cereal box feelings a way. Today I want to be beautiful rose with gentle petals opening after a morning dew. Walking with grace and confidence, calm and graceful. Strong standing tall.

A rose that I do see

Standing oh so near to me

Never afraid to stand apart

Showing steady a beating heart

For today I will breathe and inhale

This flower’s strength and I shall

Take the day as it comes

And I shall sing and also hum

That the soul of the Rose is inside of me

And the beauty I carry for all to see.

Terry Shepherd



FWF Free Write Friday

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Your FWF prompt this week is a word bank…

lazy – rain – perspective – glint – somber – trinket – static

Standing under the rain drops

Crying out to the Gods

A glint of bright light

Lights up the skies

Flashing shadows and sparks

On the trinket upon her finger

As her eyes looked at it

A different perspective

Could be written

Spreading her arms

Wide going around

In slow lazy circles

No matter how or

Where her mind wandered

The static remained strong

Her feet planted

Firmly on the ground

She was beginning

To come out of her

Drunken atmosphere

Somber surrounding her

She knew she was

In love

She had just been

Proposed to

And had said yes.

Terry Shepherd