The Dougherty Hospice House Officially Opened It's Doors On Friday. It's Managers Say Facilities Like This One Will Be In Greater Demand As The Region's Population Ages.
End-of-life care is hard to talk about. But families can feel better knowing there's a place where their loved ones can find dignity and quality as they near death.
The Dougherty Hospice House officially opens later this month. In our Avera Medical Minute, we found out what hospice care meant for one widow as his wife was dying of cancer.
The goal of hospice care is to get patients' pain and other symptoms under control so they can mentally and spiritually prepare for death. In today's Avera Medical Minute we're looking at a new facility that is easing the journey for the terminally ill:
The loss of a spouse is a traumatic experience... even when the death is expected.
"I really miss her when it comes to Christmas time, when she decorated the house. She took care of all the little things. Things I took for granted. They just happened."
Mark Zweep's wife Carole died in January following a long battle with cancer. She spent the last three months of her life at an Avera McKennan hospice unit.
"From day one the staff at the hospice unit made her feel at home, because basically it was Carole's home, and it was her last home as it turned out."
Mark says hospice facilities like the new the Dougherty Hospice House opening this month provide support for not only the terminally ill, but their families.
"They'd go above and beyond just the medical care and didn't necessarily treat her like a patient but the treated her as a friend." Mark says.
The new 16-bed facility is on the grounds of the Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community.
The facility will open December 17th. The Dougherty Hospice House features private suites with fireplaces and amenities such as flat-screen televisions and original art.
It will more than double Avera McKennan Hospital's in-patient hospice capacity.