It is with a heavy heart that I write that my dear 87-year old mom-in-law lost her fight with Cancer last night. I’m writing because “Boots” was the best mother in law a man could hope for. Never argued with me. Never meddled. Never asked for money. Loved us and her grandchildren (and great-grandchildren). Never tried to tell us how to raise our kids. A true saint.
I believe that good can come from bad times. So the good I’m writing about and hope will help others is the blessing our local Hospice organization has been. Boots was under hospice care at home when she could still get around, still when she wasn’t and my wife, sister-in-law and niece became her part time caregivers, and when she moved from her home to ours when she needed 24 hour care.
I don’t know that all Hospice organizations are the same, provide the same level of service, or the great experience we had. When we started the hospice journey, mom was given up to six months to live. And for that time, Hospice would have had a nurse see her every week, a caregiver to come in and help with her and bathe her twice a week, and have a social worker visit every week. What an awesome level of care.
All the Hospice people we came into contact with were honest, caring, compassionate people. If you are facing the decline of a loved one and the end is nearing, consider Hospice. No charge to the family or patient. Awesome holistic experience, not what I expected which was just a few days of resident care.
Our Hospice is called Treasure Coast Hospice. If you are in Martin or St. Lucie counties, I can’t recommend them more highly.
Goodbye, mom. Thanks for all the great memories.