A personal look from an interview/visit
Written By: Michelle Sheridan
Instructor: David San Filippo, Ph.D.
My visit started out by arriving at the Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois where I was scheduled to meet with Daneen Gorski-Adams, RN, OCN, CHPN. Daneen is the Director of Hospice Home Clinical Care and was kind enough to give her time to me. When I first arrived at the hospice center, I was introduced to what is known as the “celebration of life parade”, which is the escorting of the deceased out of the facility. Prior to the celebration of life parade happening a bell chimes and the procession starts through the hall and out the front doors, followed by the family, friends and staff. I found this to be very beautiful and an interesting way in which to start my visit.
Once the celebration of life parade was over, I met Daneen. Daneen had given me a tour of the center, which has a very calming feel and comfortable surroundings. The facility offers 16 private patient suites with patios overlooking gardens, a dedicated pediatric patient suite, a family room with children’s play area, kitchen and dining rooms for the families, a meditation room, and healing gardens. The facility and staff are very nice and dress in a less formal fashion than they would at a hospital. The staff is continually educated in diversity and if a patient comes to live there and the staff does not have the knowledge of the cultural background for the specific patient they will seek help from the community. This makes the facility a well-rounded place in which people from all walks of life can go and spiritually enjoy their final days.
When I was touring the facility, I was a bit shocked by the room that had a double bed, and crib. I asked Daneen if the crib was for family members to use when they had small children and came to visit their loved ones. Daneen answered “no, the cribs are for our young guests”, this...