Congressional Staffer Meets Hospice Patient and Family
Tony Kudner shared this piece about a visit the Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care Team in Orange County, CA had with staffer Chris Barwick from Senator Diane Feinstein’s office. Thanks for sharing your fabulous experience!
Last Thursday, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Orange County, CA had a great meeting with Chris Barwick from Senator Diane Feinstein’s office. Chris was able to meet with several members of the Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care leadership team in a round-table discussion that included the Medicare Hospice Benefit, the history of hospice, a brief overview of Seasons Hospice, and a short discussion around the Patient Choice & Quality Care Act. From there, Chris met with the IDT, who shared some impactful patient stories and a few videos highlighting some of the best parts of hospice including Music Therapy and Camp Kangaroo (a Children’s Grief Camp). Chris and the IDT then engaged in a discussion about the hospice benefit and why it is important to CA patients and families.
Chris and the Seasons team then headed to a local memory care facility where Chris was able to witness a We Honor Veterans pinning ceremony. Mr. Yasuda was admitted to care at Seasons two weeks ago and chooses to live in a memory care facility because his wife suffers from Alzheimer’s. This patient is of Japanese heritage and served in WWII and the Korean War, during which time his wife was living in an internment camp in the United States. There were four generations of the Yasuda family present and it was a very moving ceremony. His love for country has never waivered and he became very emotional when presented with the certificate and was thanked for his service. There was not a dry eye in the room. The Yasuda family was so grateful for the service Seasons provided and honored to have a representative from the Senator’s office attend this special day.
The Seasons team then accompanied Chris to a home visit with a 98 year old patient who is suffering from end stage breast cancer. This was a MSW visit where Chris was able to see where/how the Seasons team provides services in the home.
Chris had a lot of great questions throughout the day that our site leadership was able to talk through with him. As they drove him back to the office, they again discussed the Patient Choice & Quality Care Act. They asked him if the Senator would support this bill and if he would discuss cosponsoring this legislation with her. We gave him a folder with some more information on hospice and the legislation we discussed, as well as Seasons specific info.
Overall, it seemed to be a very impactful and informative visit for him, and I am sure it will be an experience he will not soon forget!