I’ve spent the past 18 years in the end-of-life care industry — running hospice centers. People often say, “What a difficult job!” or make jokes because they are uncomfortable with death, but what it has actually given me is awesome insight into how to live life. When clients, many of whom I consider friends…even family, are at the end of their lives, prospective becomes abundantly clear and all it takes is listening, and I mean listening with an open heart, without an agenda, with your whole person, and you will discover what is truly important in life. What I have found is that people at the end of their lives aren’t touting their accomplishments as things they have done, but are remembering their collaborations with other people, their connections. Creating something purpose-driven that they are passionate about seems to be the vein of those who feel their lives were well-lived. And their collaborators — friends, families, colleagues, muses — are there beside them continuing to relish that relationship in the last weeks, days and moments of the person’s life.
The ultimate importance of remaining surrounded by the people who really make life worth living until the moment you take your last breath is the foundation for our company’s Inpatient Hospice Homes.
What I like to call our “vortexes of love,” these beautiful facilities in Houston and Las Vegas offer state-of-the-art, short-term acute care medical services within a comfortable, tranquil environment that makes the patient’s loved ones feel at home. We want to make it easier for all the people (and even the beloved pets) who make our patients’ lives worth living to spend as much precious time with them as possible, even when their symptoms can’t be safely managed at home. No uncomfortable waiting rooms. No institutional patient rooms. No time limits.
It’s all about quality of life — love, connectedness, joyful experiences. I really believe that, and I think our Inpatient Hospice Homes express that conviction.