ENID, Okla. —
Several area agencies provide hospice services to ensure quality of life for patients who are terminally ill or at the end of their lives.
Hospice service offers an alternative to aggressive treatments and provides emotional, and sometimes spiritual, support for patients and their families.
Circle of Love
This year, Hospice Circle of Love is celebrating an important anniversary.
For 30 years, the facility’s staff and volunteers have helped terminally ill patients make every day count.
The not-for-profit organization was started in 1983 by a group of community leaders. They were familiar with the hospice concept and believed there was a need for such a service in this area.
Following several brown bag lunches, volunteers were trained, office space was donated and a nurse was hired. Six patients were served in the organization’s first year. One paid employee and several volunteers ran the operation.
In 1986, the organization was Medicare-certified. Aides, social workers and counselors were hired. Over the years, chaplain and music therapy services were added. Today, Circle of Love has 26 employees and 32 volunteers.
Registered Nurse Lenora Beckwith, who has been with Circle of Love for 10 years, said she can’t imagine doing anything else.
“This is the best job I’ve ever had. Hospice is extremely rewarding because of the people,” Beckwith said. “Our staff is truly a team. We are here for the patient’s benefit.”
The hospice team provides a variety of services such as pain and symptom management, bed baths, counseling, pet therapy and spiritual and emotional support.
In addition, hospice supplies patients with medications and medical equipment related to their terminal illness. Hospice accepts Medicare and some insurance policies.
Circle of Love utilizes money from memorials and fundraisers to serve those who don’t have benefits at no charge.
The organization has donated more than $2.5 million in free care since it began in 1983.
“As a not-for-profit organization, we exist solely to support those in need,” Circle of Love Director Chad Caldwell said. “Our goal is to help patients make every day count.
“We really focus on quality of life.”
Hospice Circle of Love has served more than 4,000 patients throughout the last three decades.
“We feel honored to have helped so many patients and families at such an important time in their lives,” Caldwell said.