Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice supports the McCargar family as they make end-of-life decisions for their father’s care.

Steve McCargar
“The Hospice nurse who was with us when Dad died commented that his death was one of the most beautiful and gentle passings she had experienced,” says Steve McCargar. “It was beautiful, and I am thankful we had Hospice care when Dad reached the end of his life.”

A peaceful, gentle leaving of a life well lived

Everyone hopes their passing or the passing of a loved one will be peaceful, and the McCargar family carried this wish for their father, Bob. Surrounded by his family, Bob’s last moments were, as his son Steve describes, “A peaceful, gentle leaving of a life well lived.”

The Hospice team at Winneshiek Medical Center enhanced the care offered by Aase Haugen Home staff as Bob’s health declined. He had lived with a Parkinson’s-like syndrome for many years, and was ready for end of life care, focusing on comfort therapies, pain management and family support. “I did not realize how valuable Hospice would be to me or my father,” says Steve. “At Aase Haugen Home, Dad was well treated and well loved. It was a great comfort to be able to bring Hospice care into his environment, into his home.”

With the help of the Hospice staff, Bob and his family were presented options for Bob’s care plan. Steve says, “I was very impressed with the way Hospice nurses answered family questions without telling us what to do. They provided information and guidance, but the family, and my father when he was able, decided what was right for us.”

“The Hospice nurse who was with us when Dad died commented that his death was one of the most beautiful and gentle passings she had experienced,” says Steve. “It was beautiful, and I am thankful we had Hospice care when Dad reached the end of his life.”

Hospice is a special kind of care that focuses on relief of pain, symptom control, and spiritual and emotional support for the Hospice patient as well as their families and caregivers. Hospice manages quality of life at the end of life, and regards dying as a normal process.

During National Hospice & Palliative Care month we are reminded that every person is a unique individual with a lifetime of experiences, relationships and gifts to share. Hospice and palliative care brings comfort and peace to help people live every moment of life to the fullest, leaving loved ones with memories they can treasure.

The Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice community honors our patients and families, and supports them during their journey at life’s end. For more information on Hospice care at Winneshiek Medical Center call 563-382-2911.

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