Fulfilling a Dream
Nearly a year after his hospice admission, Four Seasons Compassion for Life staff was thrilled to send Army Veteran Hank Ludlow and his niece Bonnie to Washington, D.C. on an Honor
While away, they toured the monuments and enjoyed the day with Hank’s brother, a fellow veteran. This trip was months in the making and required careful planning and coordination. When Hank first told his hospice team of his desire to travel on this flight, the decision was made to do whatever it took to make sure he was able to go. Behind the scenes, there was a flurry of activity. Plans were made to have medications in place, a portable oxygen concentrator was provided, and a local hospice on standby if any problems arose.
In the meantime, Hank continued his routine. His days were marked by frequent visits from his hospice team, including a pet therapy volunteer who brings her dog in to visit once a week. Those visits are always welcomed. He greets his visitors with a smile, and the office staff, who call to schedule visits, describe how much they enjoy talking with him. In addition to his team, he is visited often by his niece, who also receives frequent communications from his hospice care team.
Not every day was the same. One particular day was marked by a very special event for Hank, a Veteran Pinning Ceremony. Four Seasons participates in the We Honor Veterans program and was able to arrange a ceremony to thank and honor Hank for his service to our country. It seems like a simple act, but is an important way for the staff to express their gratitude to the brave men and women who have served us. Hank was presented with a certificate and two pins, all of which are displayed proudly for all his visitors to see. To date, Four Seasons has honored over 150 veterans in Western North Carolina with these Veteran Pinning Ceremonies.
It seemed fitting to continue to serve this man in the best way that they could, so Four Seasons arranged his journey to visit Washington, D.C. His trip was on the last Saturday in September, and it was a very long and full day. He arrived home to Asheville that evening, and was greeted at the airport by members of the community, fellow veterans, and members of his own hospice care team.
Callie Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator for Four Seasons Compassion for Life says, “What is perhaps the most meaningful part of this experience was the opportunity to help him achieve his goal and live his life to the fullest. It is the enduring goal of Four Seasons Compassion for Life to provide that level of care and respect for each and every patient we serve. We don’t take one single day for granted.”
For more information about Four Seasons Compassion for Life please contact the Highlands branch office at (828) 526-2552. You may also visit them online at FourSeasonsCFL.org or call (866) 466-9734.