Compassionate care at end of life

By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 19, 2017 at 4:12 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2017 at midnight

Compassion is a key component of medical care, especially during a patient's final days. The end of life comes with its own complex physical and emotional challenges for the patient and his or her loved ones.

Soon, the Crossroads will have a new option for hospice care. April 26, the nonprofit Hospice of South Texas will unveil the Dornburg Center of Compassion, the first inpatient hospice facility in the Crossroads. We salute Hospice of South Texas for recognizing the need for dignified and compassionate treatment at the end of life and reaffirming its commitment to providing "comprehensive physical, medical, emotional and spiritual care to patients and their families."

Hospice of South Texas has been providing care for Victoria and the Crossroads for more than 30 years. The new inpatient facility will allow Hospice of South Texas to provide 24-hour care, which is important for patients with chronic pain and similar problems.

The Dornburg Center of Compassion was designed with the comfort of patients and families in mind. In addition to providing medical care for patients, the facility includes an outdoor area, a lounge and a children's play room. The center's homelike feel is important not only for the visiting families but for the patients who will spend their last days there.

Hospice of South Texas relies on donations and grants to provide for all patients who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. We would like to thank the Dornburg family and everyone whose donations helped fund the creation of the facility. We also encourage our readers to consider donating in the future.

Hospice of South Texas provides an important service by caring for patients at this most difficult stage, and the Dornburg Center of Compassion is the next logical step in providing more comprehensive service to meet each patient's needs.

This opinion reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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