“Words can not adequately express my appreciation to Pike County Hospice for helping with the care of my mother, Ruth Brown. Mom was diagnosed with cancer in the bone in August of 2012. It was decided to undergo surgery to allow ambulation, lending to quality of life for as long as possible. The surgery was successful and rehab was short. Mom was back on her feet in two weeks walking independently at age 91. Radiation Treatments followed by cancer medication ultimately lead us to a disappointing report on October 3, 2012.  Treatment was unsuccessful and the cancer had spread. My mother said, at that time, “God has had my life all mapped out, from start to finish, and the timing of my last breath is in his hands.” “God will have His way!” I have to say that God had His way by allowing Pike County Hospice to become involved in the care of Mom’s remainder of life. I had been involved in Geriatric Health Care for about 15 years but caring for my own mother was different. I was faced with emotional decisions to be made as well as the physical aspects of the situation. I have to say that I was blessed with wonderful family support but they were a distance away. My Mother and I both needed help. Hospice was the extending hand of God’s Grace, giving us just what we need when we needed it. Whether it was nursing care, counsel, emotional support – they were there at a beckon call. I truly do not know how I made it through those weeks without the help of hospice. The whole Hospice staff prepared Mom (as well as our family) for that “last breath” that our loved one took on January 10, 2013. When the end came Hospice was still there to bring closure to the experience that I (we) needed. On behalf of myself and the family of Ruth Brown I have to say thank you so much. I commend your staff for their professionalism, but more importantly, to a family who might be facing a similar experience, Pike County Hospice loves and cares and they are there for you.”

– Karyl Adam


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What our staff has to say about their role in Hospice

“I love working in hospice because I am blessed with the opportunity to form a bond with members of my community like family.”
– Kelsey Henderson, RN BSN Case Manager

“Even though working as a hospice nurse can be challenging and often very sad, it is truly incredibly rewarding. What I love about being a hospice nurse is the opportunity to provide strength, comfort and hopefully a little joy to patients and their loved ones when they need it most.”
– Jessica Stoops, RN Case Manager

“I love being a hospice nurse because. . . the smiles, hugs, and thank you’s make my heart glow with happiness. This makes the good-bye’s harder, but makes the sleepless nights worth every minute. We don’t give up, we are with you until the end.”
– Hillary Hakenwerth, RN BSN Case Manager

“I love getting to know all my patients and their family and being a helping hand. Knowing that you give patients and their family a sense of comfort and peace is the best part.”
– Autumn Attebery, Certified Aid

“Hospice nursing is emotionally challenging, but it is also very rewarding. I get the opportunity to enter homes of local people (some of whom I have known my whole life) and care for them in such a personal way. I get to keep them comfortable in their setting of choice. This is a very peaceful and dignified kind of nursing that allows me to care for my patients and their families in the final moments, days, or hours of their life. I get to form such strong bonds with patients and families while providing hospice care and there is something so special about listening to someone recounting and reminiscing his or her own life. I love working in hospice because it is just as much personal as it is professional.”
– Rachel Henderson, RN BSN Case Manager

“I love working in hospice because I get to know my patients and their families on a personal basis. I give care to my patients that the caregivers can not or are not comfortable with. I feel that is an honor to be on this journey with them.”
– Judy Ray, Certified Aid

“I love being a hospice nurse because I am able to help patients and their loved ones through a physically and emotionally trying time in their lives.”
– Kimberly Yoder, RN BSN, Home Health Clinical Manager

“What I love about working in hospice care is genuinely being a source of strength and comfort. We are called to serve one another in love and what better way to do that, than to be blessed enough to share an intimate moment with a family and their loved one in our own community.”
– Cori Sheppard, RN, Hospice Clinical Manager

“When I was desperately trying to help my grandmother tend to my grandfather’s end of life care, at his bedside I was sure I was strong enough for the job. I quickly learned I was not, it is very difficult not only physically, but mentally to help my grandmother do the things necessary to keep my grandfather comfortable. The nurses from Pike County Hospice were a god-send. I would not have been able to handle my grandfather’s passing without them. Had you told me those years ago that I would have the opportunity to work with these nurses, and for the Hospice program I may not have believed you. I am completely honored to be a part of such a caring group of people, and to be helping our Hospice program be the best that it can be.”
– Tracy Brookshier, Marketing Coordinator

“My main goal as Hospice Social Worker is to be there to support the entire family. To be a smiling face, a listening ear, and a helping hand. To lessen their burdens and be that person that maybe made their day a little easier. Helping individuals to be able to cherish every moment with their loved one. That is why I love being a hospice social worker.”
– Carrie Wells, LCSW, Hospice Social Worker

“I love that our hospice program is available to help families through a difficult time with compassion and care. Our staff goes above and beyond for the needs of the patient and also the family. I am proud of our hospice team for what they do for our community and our agency!”
– Jennifer Schumacher, Administrative Assistant & Event Coordinator

“When thinking on why I chose to work as a social worker and what I find rewarding, I always return back to my childhood experiences. I remember feeling overwhelmed and anxious watching my parents try to deal with everyday challenges and community agencies. The challenges of interacting with community entities such as community services, family services, schools and healthcare providers can seem insurmountable due to not understanding how they function or even their organizational language. Although these difficulties can be explained by cultural, educational and socioeconomic factors, the reality is that they impact the child, family and the social group’s self-concept and hope of being successful with life’s challenges. I therefore decided, if I can help anyone avoid or better cope even some of the pain and discomfort that life can toss at a person then that is what I should do as a human being. The reward is simple, the knowledge that at least one more person has a chance to feel better about their life and I in some way have contributed to that.”
– Rolando Vazquez, LCSW, Hospice Social Worker

“Our nurses and aides are great caregivers. They are willing to go above and beyond to make our patients comfortable and provide support to family members. I enjoy being a part of a team that is able to be such a tremendous help to families during one of the most difficult times in their lives.”
– Jeannie Stuckey, LPN, QAPI/Infection Control Control Coordinator

“I love working in hospice and what it represents. The hospice philosophy has shown me the importance and opportunity that we are given as professional caregivers to be part of a support team that focuses on obtaining the ultimate quality of life during a time when life has taken an unexpected turn. This experience has helped me become a better person and professional and I am thankful for the relationships I have made over the years with patients and their families.”
– Rhonda Stumbaugh, RN, Administrator

“Working in hospice care is very rewarding, even from a “behind-the-scenes” type of job like mine. I may not work directly with the patients and their families, but to be involved in meetings were our staff discusses the care they give; it is so obvious that the compassion they have for them is overwhelming. I continuously hear from families how appreciative they are of our staff and how they don’t know how they could have made it through such a difficult time without them. I don’t doubt those comments one bit, we have some fabulous people working for Pike County Hospice.”
– Becky Carroll, Administrative Assistant

“We have a variety of personalities among the professionals in our office. We have nurses with many years’ experience and nurses who have less than 10 years, we have LPN’s and RN’s. Some are older, some are younger, but all are great at what they do. We are proud of our Hospice Program and are happy to serve the families we have over the years. In addition to our nursing staff we also have great social workers, personal care aides, administrative personnel, office assistants and fantastic volunteers that all help run the hospice program. We work together to bring the best care possible for our end of life patients and the best possible support for their families. Many times I have seen our staff in tears as they become involved with the care of their patients and their families. In spite of their tears it brings us all great satisfaction to be of help to them during this time. Our staff truly feels it is an honor to be asked to care for someone’s loved one during their last days with us and it’s an honor our whole staff cherishes. Thank you to our community for allowing us into your homes.”
– Lynda Colbert, Home Health Administrative Assistant