July 2022 – Independence Day

A lot has happened in the 246 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  Through it all, we as a people have striven for a country dedicated to the protection of our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Through toil and determination, our country continues to endeavor to extend the protection of those rights to all of our people.  At Good Shepherd Hospice, we celebrate all those throughout our country’s history that have paid the price to preserve these rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans.

This July 4th, we honor not only the importance of our independence as Americans, but also the importance of independence for those facing end of life care.  Hospice offers patients and their loved ones a chance to maintain as much independence as possible by remaining at home.  70% of patients wish to receive their end of life care at home.1  Family members whose loved one received home hospice care were more likely to report a favorable end of life experience.2  At Good Shepherd Hospice, our patients and their loved ones work closely with our interdisciplinary care teams to develop an individual plan of care specific to their needs. 

We at Good Shepherd Hospice are compassionate about care and passionate about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  To find out more about how we offer independence to our patients and their loved ones through our compassionate care contact us today.  Visit us at goodshepherdhospice.com

1 MacPherson, Andrew, and Ravi B. Parikh. “Most People Want to Die at Home, but Many Land in Hospitals Getting Unwanted Care.” The Washington Post. December 09, 2017. Accessed July 01, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/most-people-want-to-die-at-home-but-many-land-in-hospitals-getting-unwanted-care/2017/12/08/534dd652-ba74-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ef28aac81abe.

2Teno JM, Clarridge BR, Casey V, et al. Family Perspectives on End-of-Life Care at the Last Place of Care. JAMA. 2004;291(1):88–93. doi:10.1001/jama.291.1.88