When it comes to arts and crafts it's tough to beat 82 year old June Phelps. She doesn't let her oxygen line or her COPD get her down. June is also a hospice patient.
She says, "It's just marvelous as far as I'm concerned, because before hand I would have problems and I'd have no one to go to."
She has a son in town and a daughter out of state, but she says she doesn't want to have to call them all the time.... And she says hospice gives her peace of mind. Mrs. Phelps says, "They send the nurses out and she takes my blood pressure and all that and she helps me with my medication... Whatever I need ... In other words, just general takes care of me."
And that includes a separate sitter. Some people may be confused about hospice.
Doris Vaughans is a hospice nurse who says, "The role of hospice is to manage whatever symptoms the patient has to give the patient the very best quality of life for whatever amount of time that patient has left to live."
A doctor usually makes the recommendation. But that doesn't mean emergencies won't be managed. Vaughans says: "Even if something is going on that hospice is taking care of, if it's something that's not able to be managed at home, then the patient can still go to the hospital."
Some patients actually get better and have to be discharged from hospice care. Patient's like Mrs. Phelps are grateful.