Seriously-ill patients get help from free, home-based palliative care

May 03, 2017
James was having trouble breathing. His health was declining. He’d recently been diagnosed with stage 3 COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). It makes it hard for him to breathe. And it gets worse over time. There is no cure. James had been hospitalized three times within a four month period. He wasn’t doing well. That’s when his doctor recommended Providence Hospice’s Transitions program.

Finding help and hope

Transitions helps people who don’t qualify for hospice but are still facing a life-limiting illness and need help. The staff monitor clients’ health, facilitate communication with doctors, find other resources in the community to help clients, and provide overall emotional and spiritual support.

The program has been a lifesaver for James.

“Once Providence got involved, I started getting better. They have helped me get through some rough times,” said James.

The team at Providence helps coordinate between his different doctors. They’ve talked with him about end-of-life issues and helped him put together a power of attorney and other legal documents. They provide emotional support and are there to help when his health changes.

“I’ve had a lot of things happen to me over the last few years. I get tired and frustrated. I call Providence Hospice, and they’re right there.”

He knows he’s not alone

His health has recently started to decline. He had two bouts of pneumonia last summer. And he might have cancer. He doesn’t know how long he has left. What he does know is that Providence will be there to help.

The Transitions program is offered free of charge. It’s the only program of its kind in our community and is a lifesaver for so many.