POINT PLEASANT — The 14th Annual Pleasant Valley Hospital (PVH) Hospice Tea was recently held at the Mid Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. PVH Home Health and Hospice employees, along with friends of the community, were in attendance for the lunch and celebration.
“Hospice is so often thought of as being about death. The reality is that hospice focuses on life — the quality of a patient’s life, regardless of how long that might be,” said Mistie Best, RN, MSN, MHA – Director of Home Care Services. “Through effective management of a patient’s illness, he or she can live their remaining time to the fullest. Hospice isn’t just about the illness, though. Hospice is a very holistic approach to providing treatment to patients and families. All aspects are addressed – mind, body, and spirit. The hospice tea is held each year so that those who have been affected by a terminal illness to gather and share their experiences with others. Anyone in the community is welcome to attend, especially those who have lost a loved one or have had a loved one on hospice services.”
“Hospice is end-of-life care focusing on management of symptoms of a terminal illness. However, it is so much more than that. Often members of the community who receive our services tell us that they had no idea such a wonderful service exists. Patients and families refer to hospice services as a ‘Godsend’ in their time of need,” said Tia Wooten, RN, Hospice Team Leader.
“Hospice is one of the most monumentally significant but grievously underutilized health services being offered to the community. Hospice is a wonderful service that helps patients and families to arrive at a level of peace, comfort, and reassurance they would not otherwise achieve. Unfortunately, not enough people are aware of the benefits hospice truly has to offer. This yearly gathering affords us the opportunity to celebrate hospice and promote its rewards and benefits to the communities we serve,” said Martha Roush, RN, Hospice Case Manager.
Pictures of past hospice patients were placed on a special Christmas tree for employees and family members to honor.
“Hospice was just with my dad a short time, but enough time to make a big impression with my mom and me. The Hospice Tea was like a celebration of families and PVH staff talking of joyous times. Thank you, Pleasant Valley Hospital Home Health and Hospice, for making my daddy’s last days a comfort,” said Bridget Campbell.
Pleasant Valley Home Health Services provides care to patients of all ages who no longer require hospitalization, but continue to require periodic attention in their home. Home Health Services provide the patient with skilled nursing care, personal care services, physical therapy, social services, IV therapy services, speech therapy, occupational therapy and 24-hour on-call nursing. They serve Mason and Jackson counties in West Virginia and Gallia, Meigs and Athens Counties in Ohio.