What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family. For Autumn, a CNA for AseraCare Hospice, it means a rewarding career with a supportive team who stepped in when her family member was receiving care.

Autumn has many stories of caring for patients as a hospice CNA. From a grandfather figure who treated her like one of the family to a shy man who eventually opened up to her and held her hand when he died, her experiences have been both very rewarding and heartbreaking. She treats her patients the same way she would want her own family members or loved ones to be treated. And when Autumn’s Aunt Sue began receiving hospice care, she experienced that same level of support from her team.

Sue was intellectually challenged and, despite being an adult woman, had the cognition level of a five-year-old. Sue’s aide understood her comprehension level and made sure to make time for things Sue enjoyed like crafts and puzzles. One day, Autumn got the call that her aunt was not doing well. Autumn’s boss cleared her schedule so she could be with Sue.

“I knew the end was near,” Autumn said. “The nurse called to check on me and asked if I wanted her to come out with me. I, of course, told her no. She showed up anyway, just in case. I was so used to being the caregiver that I forgot I was actually family this time.”

Thanks to her supportive team, Autumn was able to be with her aunt when she died.

“My nurse that was there was more support for me then I even knew I needed,” Autumn said. “She let me take care of everything, and when I was unable to, she stepped in and held my hand and did what needed to be done. I was so grateful for the caring and loving team that I am honored and blessed to work with.”

Autumn’s stories and experiences, like the one with her team caring for Aunt Sue, highlight the unique benefits of the interdisciplinary care that hospice provides.

“I love that our patients get one on one care. I love that we have the time to listen to what they want and need. I love hearing them talking about their lives and their families. Being a caregiver is not easy, but it is rewarding,” Autumn said.