Posted by Earl Murray on Sep 06, 2019
Leslie Kelly, Hospice Nurse, serving the Lompoc Community, was the recent guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village. She talked about hospice and the planning and preparation for it.
Hospice is a specialized type of care for those facing a life limiting illness, their families and their caregivers. Hospice care addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Hospice care also helps the patient’s family caregivers. Hospice care takes place in the patient’s home or in a home like setting.

Leslie said many people are not educated about end of life, with a lack of preparation, not knowing their choices. This experience can be expensive, complex, and technical.

Hospice nurses help educate people from the fear and pain of end of life. This includes family members and friends. She said this should be a natural process when making decisions.

Preparing in advance is a good idea to simplify the process for a patient. To improve the outcome, she recommended the five wishes of a patient in hospice, which happens before this setting takes place. She mentioned how hospice is a choice for end of life care.

People need to plan, prepare, and become educated on hospice and know what their choices are. More people should have this discussion, even early in life.

Leslie was the Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation for 20 years, and was a registered nurse in the Critical Care Unit at the Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village and guests thanked Leslie for an informative talk.