Even during a public health crisis, hospice and palliative care professionals rise to the challenge of providing compassionate, person-centered care in the community, and even support their fellow health care workers on the front lines.
NHPCO thanks Grace Hospice of Lafayette, Louisiana for sharing how their team exemplifies #hapcFacesofCaring.
The team at Grace Hospice loves showing their support in their local community. In addition to caring for their own patients and families, Grace Hospice is reaching out to those who are on the front lines of the pandemic.
One program the hospice and palliative care team is participating in is called “A Scoop of Grace.” Grace Hospice provides meals for the health care workers and the security team at the local COVID-19 testing site. Each meal also includes a prayer card created by the chaplains with “Words of Faith.”
“A Scoop of Grace” also provides meals for health care workers in the neighboring community of Opelousas. Meals were delivered to the COVID-19 testing site and to the staff of Opelousas General Hospital.
In addition to providing meals, Grace Hospice is reaching out with messages of support to other clinicians. The marketing team put together words of encouragement that were made into postcards and were mailed to hospital and nursing home staff, and the clinical staff created personalized messages to support all who are on the front line of this virus.
And to reach out to the extended community, chaplains shared words of encouragement virtually with the YouTube video “Moment of Grace with Grace Hospice.”
“We will continue to provide support to our local community with meals, prayers, and whatever support we can provide to help get us through this difficult time,” Administrator Jennifer Nugent said.
If you would like to share the creative ways your hospice and palliative care team is caring for patients amid the COVID-19 crisis, please send us your photos and stories so you can be featured in the #hapcFacesOfCaring campaign.