Hospice & Community Care’s 420 employees go above and beyond each day for their patients and families. All Hospice team members, regardless of their roles and disciplines, make a significant impact in the lives of patients and their families, and the organization is shining a spotlight on these individuals.
“I wanted to work in end-of-life care because I feel like this is a great way for me to do what I have always liked doing – helping people through some of the hardest times of their lives any way that I can,” commented Eric DeVries, Hospice & Community Care Aide.
Eric is a Home Hospice Aide in York County. He is responsible for helping patients with their personal care – from bathing to getting dressed to fixing their hair – and preparing a patient’s meals and helping them to eat. During that time, he is also able to spend quality time with each patient – as his visits last approximately one hour. “My role is to represent Hospice & Community Care and the values we set forth in providing the best care for people in the end stages of their lives with the respect and dignity they deserve,” shared Eric.
In his role, Eric often hears from both family members and patients that without the help of Hospice & Community Care they would have been lost. That, in addition to knowing that he is a part of bringing some optimism and hope to patients and family members during a difficult time, is rewarding. “I’m very grateful for the chance to be a part of this organization,” commented Eric.
When asked what has been one of his most memorable experiences working at Hospice & Community Care, Eric said that it is hard to pick just one. He shared an experience that involved one of his patients during his first year at Hospice.
“I had a female patient who I saw in my first year at Hospice who was reluctant to have a male caregiver, but one of the nurses on my team encouraged her to give me a chance,” commented Eric. “She was such a sweet woman and ended up being discharged from our services after her prognosis was extended and she took a turn for the better. But during the time I saw her, we had a lot of laughs and memorable moments. I’ll always remember her as one of the people who helped to reinforce that I really enjoy what I do and made the right choice to be in end-of-life care.”
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