“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 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

“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

“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

“I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to make my patient smile and laugh in their final stage of life.”
– Melissa Lesley, Certified Aide

“As a hospice nurse I often hear that my patient’s goal is that they want to be at home and comfortable. I feel honored to be chosen to assist them in their final goals, and even more so to be a part of their precious last days of life.”
– Susan DeCamp, RN

“My main goal 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, LMSW, Hospice Social Worker

“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.”
– Jeannie Stuckey, LPN, Home Health Team Leader

“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