Meet Nancy. She is 96, and lives by herself in an assisted living community. Her children visit when they can, but they get busy at times. Hummingbirds visit with Nancy 24/7, exchanging notes with hospice care professionals, and making sure that she gets bathed on the hospice’s days off. They also help with:
- ● Moistening Nancy’s lips
- ● Encouraging fluids without being overwhelming
- ● Applying lotion to her arms and legs to keep her skin soft
- ● Listening to Nancy’s stories when she is alert
- ● Helping Nancy feel comfortable and at peace both physically and emotionally
- ● Making sure that Nancy’s medication schedule is followed
Nancy was initially unsure about having Hummingbirds around all the time, but they’ve become a crucial component of her family. They’ve helped her be more at peace with death, while helping her feel more in control and happy. Nancy’s family feels less stressed, giving themselves a clearer mind to make funeral and other arrangements, while being able to remain sons, daughters, and loved ones instead of caregivers, which is what they preferred.