Navigation Links
Deck of Cards is More Than a Game: Integral in Silverado Hospice Care

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A senior citizen soared over the 13,500-foot peaks of Utah's Uinta Mountains in a small plane. The high-flying adventure was taken by retired WW II B-25 pilot Roy Heden. The thrill came from a last-wish program through Silverado Hospice, a service line of Silverado Senior Living, where Heden was a patient. Called Go Wish, the program is based on a deck of cards and it has helped many realize a special activity at the end of their lives.

Silverado Hospice began working with Go Wish in 2007 and it has provided wishes to nearly 100 people in its care. The Go Wish program was developed by the not-for-profit Coda Alliance to educate hospice patients, their family members, and their caregivers about end-of-life care options and advance care planning.

Go Wish is based on a deck of 36 cards, each with a short statement about something that people often cite as being important to them in the last weeks or months of life. To use Go Wish (in the 'solitaire' mode), patients sort the cards, rank priorities about what's important to them, and then explain to a friend or family member why they sorted the cards in that manner. Choices include reconnecting with an estranged family member, being free from pain, having a special person by one's side at the last moments, or reminiscing with old friends about personal accomplishments. Wild cards allow the selection of almost any activity, such as Mr. Heden's flying over the mountains. Whenever possible the Silverado Hospice team assists the patient, family and friends in realizing the wish, large or small.

"Go Wish provides an innovative and helpful tool for people in hospice, their family, and friends to articulate or clarify wishes at what can be a difficult time," says Scott Robinson, senior vice president of Silverado Hospice. "The program not only provides the hospice patient with a special opportunity, it also enhances communication and understanding."

Go Wish ties directly into Silverado's mission of providing life-affirming care and individual dignity at all stages of life, said Loren B. Shook, president of Silverado Senior Living.

"We founded Silverado Hospice believing that through effective, compassionate care, patients can approach the end of their lives with dignity and comfort in the midst of a caring environment sensitive to their needs," Shook said. "We do this by helping our patients achieve physical and emotional comfort so they can concentrate on living life as fully as possible. Patients are urged to, stay active as long as they are able, take part in activities they enjoy and do something they have always wanted to do."

Silverado Hospice operates in California, Texas, and Utah. Its parent company, Silverado Senior Living, also operates 17 memory-care communities in California, Texas, Utah, and Arizona, and it offers home care and care management in California, Texas, and Utah through its Silverado at Home service line. Established in 1996, Silverado Senior Living is based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Visit for more information.

SOURCE Silverado Senior Living
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Free Prescription Drug Program Uses Internet to Deliver Cards - Offers Assistance to Uninsured
2. Holiday Cards That Save Lives Available for Purchase From Malaria No More
3. $7 Brand Name Prescriptions for Low Income and Un-Insured Avoid Prescription Discount Cards!
4. Highmark to Present States Newest Residents with Healthcare Gift Cards
5. Goosie Cards to Support Autism Awareness Month With Special Discount Program
6. Goosie Cards Donates to Autism Speaks(TM)
7. Enables Desktop Printing of Plastic Laser Membership Cards, or Realcard, and Laser Insurance Cards
8. Regence Video Cards Help Start Important Health Conversations With Friends, Family
9. Courage Cards Announces 2008 Fine Art Holiday Greeting Card Collection
10. Guardian Survey: Men are Twice as Likely as Women to Use Credit Cards to Pay for Major Health Expenses
11. ManHunt2 Video Game: Blasted for Linking Mental Illness to Violence; Retailers Asked Not to Sell Based on Public Health Concern
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... At Grand ... comfortable and convenient setting. , When you have dental problems, you need to turn ... and can effectively diagnose and treat your needs, a friendly dentist who counsels you ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... specializes in general dentistry out of Glen Ridge, NJ. He has both ... to achieve optimal mastication. He is also an expert in cosmetic dentistry. ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ”Dying Words: The ... be released on December 1, 2015, to coincide with World AIDS Day. The multi-media ... journalist who covered the AIDS epidemic as he was dying of the disease. , ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Brenntag Specialties, Inc. ... partner for the Nutraceutical Specialties products into oral solid dosage in the over ... , “We are pleased to announce our expanded distribution agreement with ASI.” said ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... ... An inventor from Charlottesville, Va., is concerned about the need for peace and ... due to loud noises," she said, "so I decided that there needs to be ... radio waves and microwaves." , The baby BABY MUFF prevents loud noises, radio waves ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... 30, 2015  IBA Molecular North America, Inc. (IBAMNA), ... radiopharmaceuticals, announced that as of January 1, 2016, it ... The decision to rebrand the company reflects a refined ... as its close relationship with Zevacor Molecular.  Both IBAMNA ... Science (IHS). Peter Burke , Vice ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , November 30, 2015 North ... and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% from ... was valued at USD 135.6 million in 2014, and is expected ... --> According to the new Market Research Report "North ... non-invasive), By End User (Hospitals, ambulatory care, others) - Analysis And ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  Kevin Smith ... Sensium Healthcare, a global pioneer in wireless monitoring ... Boston, MA , Mr. Smith will ... Sensium,s global commercial strategy.  He will also directly ... to build clinical evidence for SensiumVitals, the first ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: