Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma February 2020 - Page 13

H. O. S. P. I. C. E. H elping O thers S imply P ass I nto C alm E ternity confused, feel lost, and are hurting and grieving because of the situations in which they find themselves, but even though the situations are difficult, we’re available to help them ease and transition every step of the way.” Chaplains also are on staff, to offer spiritual and bereavement support and counsel patients and families, as well as caregivers including hospice staff and volunteers as needed, acknowledging their beliefs, culture and values with respect to life’s meaning, including a focus on the suffering and loss. Emerald Hospice staff provides expert care and education to patients and their families. They are compliant with the latest safety precaution measures and infection control standards, and they offer personal, individualized care specific to each person while being sensitive to their needs. Bereavement services also are provided to the surviving family members and friends, with caregivers available to assist in finding productive outlets for the emotional needs which may accompany the loss of a loved one. For Wilkey, Emerald Hospice’s work isn’t just its job, it’s its ministry. “We’re in a unique position — we see families whose lives are at a difficult crossroads, who are likely hurting as much emotionally or spiritually as the family member who has the terminal diagnosis is hurting physically,” she said. “Our patients know they’re not alone, as our nurses who visit them get to know them, they get to know their situation, and they listen. “Sometimes, they pray with them, but always they are advocates for the patient, offering them dignity, comfort and compassion every step of the way.” Emerald Hospice is one of a small number of Oklahoma hospices which has achieved Joint Commission and CHAP accreditation. They are active members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and are actively involved in their communities. Emerald Hospice has been a part of events such as The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and other community events to raise awareness and education to the public about various terminal illnesses and the benefit of hospice. “We also provide educational services to senior groups, churches, nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and other organizations and groups,” Wilkey said. “Further, we bring our programs to many area nursing, assisted living and independent living facilities on a monthly basis in an effort to reach as many people as possible with our ministry — hospice.” For more information about Emerald Hospice in Edmond, call 405-285-8787 or toll free at 855-225-9876, or visit them in person at 925 NW 164th Street, suite B. Our care is administered with the belief that our patients aren’t dying, but rather, living with a terminal diagnosis and, as such, we focus on the quality of every single moment of their life. — Lindsay Wilkey Welcome to Edmond We are a Catholic Christian Community, called to be faithful, caring, enthusiastic disciples. We build up the Kingdom of God by worshipping and praising God, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and witness, giving loving service to our neighbor and strengthening the parish community. 900 S. Littler • 340-0691 May the Lord’s Peace be with you in 2020! February 2020 | The Business Times 13