Testimonial by Michelle Weeks
My name is Michelle Weeks. My father, Michael Selig was in the care of Hospice Care of the Piedmont for about a month. He suffered a stroke about 1.5 years prior and had been in and out of rehab/skilled nursing centers. Toward the end of his life he had very little energy and no ability to care for himself personally. My elderly mother was providing the majority of his physical care and was doing as much as she could to ensure he was well taken care of. However, his limited self-care was taking a toll on both of them. A friend of mine recommended Hospice and, while I was hesitant at first, we called them for an evaluation. By the time they came in my mother was so overwhelmed by all the doctor’s visits, confused about the services he received as a bed-ridden patient, financially challenged (with the costs of medication, a hospital bed, oxygen, etc.), and was just exhausted mentally and physically. After Hospice accepted my father as a patient they became a beacon to us during a dismal time. They described what services were available, the nurses explained so much about what was happening during his final days, and the Chaplain gave us piece of mind. My mom also utilized the Hospice service where someone sat with my father so she could run errands and really just to get out of the house and step out of that environment for a short time. After his passing, Hospice was there to walk us through the next steps, which to this day includes grief counseling and support. For anyone who is considering Hospice services – do NOT hesitate! I can’t thank them enough for everything they did for me, my mom, and most importantly my father!