Our Bucket-List Challenge is inspired by our 35-plus years of providing hospice care, and by this quote:
“Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good LIFE to the very end.”
-Atul Gawande, MD, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”
Hospice is often mistakenly understood as being for the last days or hours of life, or as giving up, or as waiting patiently for the end to come. But, we know better.
In our decades of caring for hospice patients and families, we know that they are like the rest of us. They have a lot of living to do, but they may need extra, specialized support to do it.
So we ask every patient who comes to us for care: What’s most important to you today? What does a good day look like? What do you wake up some mornings wishing you could do?
We ask the question in a lot of different ways, but what we hope to find out is this: what do you need to do, achieve, see, feel, accomplish in your remaining time? What gives you purpose and meaning? How can we help you with those things?
We all have bucket lists, or things we want or need to do in this life. For hospice patients, time is just pressing a bit more. So we feel a sense of urgency to learn about bucket-list wishes and to do what we can to make them a reality.
As a non-profit, we raise funds to help us continue our focus on quality of life by supporting patients’ bucket-list wishes. Our fundraising page for our Bucket-List Challenge is a great place to donate, if you feel moved to do so.
If you have questions or want more information, contact our Hospice Care Plus staff at 859-986-1500.