Joe and Mary*, husband and wife, and both patients of Hospice of East Texas, had managed in their own home for a while. Their family, and the Hospice team, all wanted badly to respect their wishes to stay together in their last days, just as they had been together through their long lives. At last it became apparent that both needed more care, and they were admitted to HomePlace with a very special accommodation: the private room was converted to a double room so that they could be together. But that wasn’t quite close enough for Joe and Mary. When the nurse asked if they would like their beds pushed together, both responded “Yes!” This beautiful photo captured the moment when this precious, fragile couple reached out to grasp one another’s hand. It wasn’t home, but it was HomePlace, and it was together.
*names changed to protect patient confidentiality