One learning of social importance that I have had this semester involves hospice care. I knew that hospice services were given to dying patients in order to make them comfortable instead of curing them; however, I did not know that there was a time limit for hospice care. Terminal patients have to be expected to die within the next six months, or they cannot get hospice services. I understand that this rule was put into effect due to lack of resources, but I still believe that any terminal patient should have access to hospice care if they so wish. I agree with William Lamers’ suggestion of having different levels of hospice care--traditional, long-term, and high-tech hospice--so that all terminal patients will have their hospice needs met. My career goal is to be a therapist for children and adolescents with chronic and terminal illnesses. I believe that having hospice services available is extremely important for the terminal patients as well as for their families. The patients would be given all of the medical care they need in order to be as comfortable as possible for the rest of their lives. The families would experience less caregivers stress, have support from the hospice providers, and would be more knowledgeable about the process of dying and what the patient is going through because of t...
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...rying to follow the advice of the video we watched in class, to listen to what people mean instead of what they say. I understand that my friends are trying to support me, and even if they do not say the right words, their intentions are good. The grief right now is still very fresh, but I know that over time I will get better at coping. I know the grief will never go completely away, and that different occasions will bring it back at full force. I also know that my friends and family won’t let me lose myself in this grieving process and for that I am very grateful.
I’ve learned so much we’ve gone through this course. Even though I was not sure that I wanted to take this class, I am very glad that I did. Not only will it help me to cope with losses now and in the future, it has taught me many things that will help me be a better therapist once I start my profession.
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