Helping those with life-limiting illnesses by Denise West

Hospice SLO County is unique in that, besides end of life services, help is also offered to people facing life-limiting illnesses.  My journey with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been helped by Hospice SLO.

Hospice SLO County is able to provide me with a volunteer who does physical chores like laundry, changing the bed sheets, watering plants, fixing meals and walking the dog. Hospice SLO County was able to work with my general practitioner to get referrals for in-home physical and occupational therapy without a doctor's appointment. Thinking outside of the box, Hospice SLO County contacted the Bio/Medical Engineering department at Cal Poly for assistance with a new brace. All of this has given me a sense of independence and worth.

Hospice SLO County has made my disability much less impacting to me. It has freed me up to do other things that I can do and allowed me to have more energy to enjoy my life. It is a bright spot amongst my challenges.