DECC Weekly Update: Friday, September 26, 2014

TEAM DECC presents: Lori Chavez, Department of Environmental Health
Featured Nonprofit: The Denver Hospice 

Four years ago, my grandmother, Theresa, was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. At that time, the doctors gave her three months to live. My family and I were fortunate enough to have had her for an additional, wonderful three years. Despite knowing she was living onborrowed time, my grandmother remained optimistic, courageous and cheerful. Her faith and family kept her going, but, because she had a terminal lung disease, it sadly ran its course. 

Toward the end of her beautiful life, she was admitted to The Denver Hospice. There, she received exceptional care. The nurses and other staff were very compassionate and accommodating not only to my grandma, but also to our entire family. Just to show the extent of The Denver Hospice’s generosity, they had provided teddy bears and baby blankets to my grandma so that she could pass on one last item to each of her grandchildren. 

After hearing about the DECC a year ago, I decided to contribute a small portion of each paycheck to The Denver Hospice. It seemed only right to donate what monies I could to an organization that was beyond helpful and gracious to one of the most important people in my life. The Denver Hospice is an incredible community resource. Please consider making a donation to the Hospice through the DECC this year.

 This week's featured agency:
The Denver Hospice

For over 35 years, more than 60,000 patients and their family members have turned to The Denver Hospice for care and comfort during difficult times.

As Colorado’s leader in hospice and palliative care, The Denver Hospice is committed to caring for everyone who comes through its door wherever they call home. The organization:

  • Cares for the elderly at the end of their long, rich lives.
  • Cares for those struck far too young by advanced illness.
  • Offers comfort to those who choose to battle their life-limiting illness.
  • Offers comfort and grief counseling to families and friends.
The mission of The Denver Hospice is to encircle those facing advanced illness with unprecedented levels of comfort, compassion, and expertise.

The Denver Hospice has a long history of delivering excellence thanks to its highly-skilled team of medical experts. Its staff members are specialists across many disciplines, including pediatric hospice, pain management, nutrition and other special needs. Its broad-certified palliative care physicians and nurses are the best in their fields. The organization also has a wide reach with its clinical staff, care center, and network of health-care partners serving a nine-county metro area.

Day or night, The Denver Hospice is on call around-the-clock with palliative care physicians, nurses, certified nurses’ aides, social workers and chaplains. From medications to medical supplies and equipment to bring comfort and manage symptoms, The Denver Hospice provides it all. Click here to learn more about The Denver Hospice.