Since a friend just went into hospice care this week, I wanted to know more about it. A hospice originally was a place where pilgrims, travelers, and the homeless or destitute were offered lodging, usually by a religious order.
Now in many of our minds, we see a hospice as a place where we go to die. Not so.
Hospice does not mean you are near death. For many it is a way to stabilize their condition and to live as well as they can for the time they have left.
Hospice may actually be your own home with care folks coming in to help. It is for all ages.
The needs of both patient and family are taken into account.
Here in Ontario, 50% of the cost is covered by the government health plan and 50% from donations.
So here are the questions of the day. Is our home a place where people find refuge when they need it? Do people come to us when they need help and do we help them? Or do we wrongly believe that a hospice is meant for somebody else to take charge or a place where people go to die? Do we live out Romans 12:13)
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality (Romans 12:13, KJV)
Prayer- Lord, give us an opportunity to open our hospice home to someone needing hospice. Thank you God. Amen.