“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” – Dame Cicely Saunders
March is Women’s History Month, established to amplify women’s voices and share their side of history. This Women’s History month, Palladium Hospice wants to spotlight Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern day hospice and the architect behind palliative care and its culture.
About Dame Cicely Saunders
Cicely Saunders was born in England in 1918. Growing up, she felt as though she was an outsider—she suffered from a crooked spine and was never able to fit in with girls her age. During the second World War, she became a nurse at St. Thomas’ Hospital, going on to become a medical social worker and eventually training to become a doctor.
During this time, Saunders spent many years researching pain control and went on to publish an article about a new approach to the end of life. In it, she says, “It appears that many patients feel deserted by their doctors at the end. Ideally the doctor should remain the center of a team who work together to relieve where they cannot heal, to keep the patient’s own struggle within his compass and to bring hope and consolation to the end.”
Cicely Saunders introduced the idea of total pain management, which includes not only physical pain management, but also emotional, social, and spiritual aspects, as well. She believed that every individual, including patients, family, and friends, should be regarded with dignity, compassion, and respect—until and even after the end.
Importance of Hospice and Palliative Care
Much like Cicely Saunders intended, our hospice services help you get back to living on your terms with dignity, control and as much freedom from the strains of illness as possible. We help those living with advanced illness regain the highest quality of life possible while also becoming a complete support system for both the patient and their family. Care is delivered in the comfort of your home or wherever you may call home including nursing homes, retirement communities and assisted livings.
If you’re not ready for hospice, that’s okay. We can still help you cope with your illness. We offer supportive care focused on helping reduce the symptoms and stresses of illness while continuing curative care.
Every day we offer hope, strength, and comfort to those facing serious illness:
- Management of the symptoms, pain, stresses, and anxieties that come with serious illness
- Full support from the Palladium team including our physicians, nurses, CNAs, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers
- Education about the disease process, helping you understand your loved one’s disease and how to prepare for changing needs
- Comprehensive, patient-focused care including physical, social, spiritual, and emotional support
Respite care services that give family caregivers a needed break while providing expert care for your loved one
The Legacy of Dame Cicely Saunders
Dame Cicely Saunders went on to earn an array of accolades and honorary degrees, but is today most known for being the pioneer behind modern hospice and palliative care. She saw what was lacking for those who were terminally ill, and she dedicated her life advocating on their behalf—allowing them to live, and die, with dignity and respect, with as little pain and stresses as possible.
Palladium Hospice is proud to observe Women’s History Month, as we honor and celebrate the remarkable women behind Palladium and all those who paved the way before them.
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