Hospice Hospitality

January 14, 2010

It has been two weeks since we moved Mom to Hospice House on New Year’s Eve. That was not a very fun evening for our family, but since then we have come a long way.

The Hospice House really is as beautiful as they had told us! The hospitality of the staff and volunteers is amazing. The building is very homey and doesn’t look at all like a nursing home or hospital. It’s more like a small hotel. The rooms are very large and nicely decorated, lots of bookshelves for pictures and things. She has a big window and a couch, chairs and table, desk and huge bathroom. Three people can actually sleep in Mom’s room every night, but so far Dad is the only one who has stayed. They have big family rooms with fire places, hot coffee, soups and bread and kitchens for our use.

Dad has been living there with Mom and it’s such a blessing for them. They can now really enjoy one another’s company without all the stress of managing medications and all the daily personal care that Mom needs. He seems to be doing well.

Mom, of course, loves on everyone that comes into her room and I think everyone that leaves feels as blessed as Mom does with their visit. She has come a LONG way and is doing pretty well. She isn’t out of bed at all yet, but her appetite has returned, her body is functioning well and she seems to be gaining in strength.

I spoke to her Dr. today and she said that Mom has really settled into a good “groove”. She has stabilized and we are definitely no longer looking at “days” but more like “weeks”. I am wondering if we may see those “weeks” turn into “months”.

Mom has really been a pillar of faith in God. She is really believing that God can raise her up out of this bed and she can walk out of Hospice House if that is His will for her. She knows that she may not, and may go Home to be with Him, but until then we just look to Him for all the answers for her life. Her mantra right now that everyone will hear her say is “NOTHING is impossible with God”. She said she has always known that and believed it, but now she believes it to her core and she is placing her faith there. No matter what the outcome.

I know that many of you were wondering what is happening with her and I hope this helps to give you some more answers for now. Thank you for all your prayers and support! It has been wonderful…



5 responses to Hospice Hospitality

  1. This is a beautiful post, Karen. Thank you for portraying The Hospice House with such vivid description–it will likely be helpful in the future for any of us who may have to go there or move a family member there in the future. Prayerfully.

  2. JoEllen Livingston January 14, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Isn’t that just like Judy to be such a POSITIVE influence on everyone that crosses her path. You go, girl! What a beautiful example of faith. What strength to exhibit contentment in ANY circumstance. What an example for those of us that are complete wusses! And thank you, Lord, for the staff and volunteers at Hospice House. It really takes the gifting of God for that to be their ministry. I’m continuing to pray for your family daily – love you guys!

  3. Thank you for the update, Karen. I have been wondering how your mom was doing. One day at a time with the Lord’s help. Your mother is even now touching and blessing. You have a wonderful hertitage! Love and prayers, Julie

  4. Your mom is a real hero in my book, Karen. I’m so glad to hear that things are going well there.

  5. Karen,
    I was just in prayer and for whatever reason your mom came up. I am so sorry to hear that you have had to transfer her to hospice house. Being that that has been my line of work the last 18 months, all I can say is under the circumstances, she is in a good place. I will be keeping her and your family in my prayers. Please let her know that I am thinking of her and her faith and convciction in the Lord was the strength I needed when I first became a Christian 7 yrs ago. What a blessing she has been not only to me but for many.