Hospice of Wichita Falls shows more than patient care

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - November is Hospice Month and one woman shared her story on the impact hospice has for patients and families.

Laura Hoff said everyone from the doctors to the administration staff was there with anything her mother and family needed and while her mother's journey at the hospice was only for a little while she was glad to be surrounded by so much support.

Hoff said her mother, Shirley was her best friend.

"We were together every weekend," said Hoff.  We went shopping and she was just my right hand. (She was a) very big supporter."

When her mom developed dementia in 2016 and could no longer take care of herself Hoff turned to the staff at Hospice of Wichita Falls.

"We knew that we couldn't care for her the way hospice could," said Hoff.

The staff at Hospice works like a puzzle. Each person from the doctors and nurses to the volunteers play a vital role in the final journey of the patient.

"They are willing to do anything not only for the patient but for the family," said Hoff.  "That is such an amazing support system to have on your side."

Two of the puzzle pieces are Megan Ermis and Amy Linn who work at Hospice.

"This is more than just a job to me," said Linn.  "I feel when I come to work I'm able to be apart of something that is bigger that's meaningful."

"It's like we're doing God's work," said Ermis.  "He gives us the strength to take care of these people and the patients and the families and really makes a difference."

Hoff said there was nothing the staff wouldn't do to bring a smile to the face of a patient.

"The workers would get in there and sing and bring joy at a time when the family is hurting and that's needed."

Hoff knows the workers could not change the outcome of her mother's stay, but they did affect the journey.

"We all know at the end of life that patient is going to be gone," said Hoff.  "The family is the one who remains.  The families are the ones who hurt.  That support that the entire staff that the folks at hospice give is perfect."

If you want to contribute to the mission of Hospice Wichita Falls. The tree of light starts November 21st.

$10 lights a light on the tree atop the southwest building on Kemp Boulevard. The goal is to raise $200,000.

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