The Three Most Important Things at the End of Life

What makes a good death? Many people prefer not to think about this question in their day-to-day lives. The answer can vary from person to person, depending on individual personalities, interests, and desires. For many, a good death is simple. It means remaining at the place you call home, being physically comfortable, and experiencing things you love until the very end. Hospice care makes these important aspects at the end-of-life possible.

In a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine (2016), 86% of people indicated they would prefer to be home during their final days when battling a terminal illness. Caris staff and volunteers work with patients wherever they live, including but not limited to private homes, long-term nursing centers, assisted living facilities, and other Caris-contracted facilities. Caris services add to the services a patient is already receiving in a facility.

Hospice is a field of healthcare which provides comfort care and symptom control for patients with life-limiting illnesses. The primary goal of hospice care is to promote comfort and dignity through the alleviation of physical, emotional, and spiritual discomfort. Statistically, Caris Healthcare is ranked above other hospices in the nation in symptom control. Our staff is specially trained to manage symptoms and end of life issues. Many of our patient care staff members are professionally certified in hospice care. Staff training is ongoing—we strive to continuously improve—which is consistent with our commitment of providing excellent care at the end of life.

At Caris, we believe end-of-life care is more than addressing the patient’s physical condition. Upon admission, every patient is asked “What three most important things do we need to know about you to provide excellent care?” From the patient’s answers, we craft a personal care program that maximizes comfort, connections with others, and spiritual well-being. A Three Most Important Thing can be as simple as enjoying a favorite candy bar; sometimes it is profound, such as reconnecting with a loved one.

Hospice enables moments and memories that would otherwise not occur. It is the quality of these final moments, after all, that can define a good death.

It’s never too soon to explore your end-of-life options. To learn more about Caris Healthcare visit carishealthcare.com or call 1-866-694-4848.

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“Caris cares for and makes life easier for my patients and their families at the most difficult time of their lives. Caris helps my patients leave this life comfortably; both psychologically as well as physically.” – Dr. Burgin Dossett
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“Our hospice nurse showed great care while working with my mom, and gave me tremendous support. God bless you all and Caris for doing what you do at the end of someone’s life.” —   Susan T.
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In 2011, Caris Director of Family Services David Fleming was awarded the Champion of Excellence award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.
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In 2011, Caris Director of Family Services David Fleming was awarded the Champion of Excellence award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.
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Caris is grateful and honored to have touched the lives of more than 26,000 patients and their families in the last 10 years.
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Caris is grateful and honored to have touched the lives of more than 26,000 patients and their families in the last 10 years.
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All Caris hospice teams include a nurse on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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All Caris hospice teams include a nurse on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
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“Why wait to call? I’d much rather have my husband comfortable for six months than six days.” —   Mallory B.
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Eighty-eight percent of Caris employees say they would be likely to recommend Caris as one of the best places to work in the community.
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Eighty-eight percent of Caris employees say they would be likely to recommend Caris as one of the best places to work in the community.
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“Calling Caris wasn’t giving up on my wife. It was just the opposite – it gave her more.” —   Donald M.
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“I would like to thank the whole Caris team for their thoughtfulness. They made sure about my husband’s dignity and helped us to fulfill his last wishes. The Caris team that cared for Billy and the way you helped us was very special. There was always someone to give us that little touch so we could go that next step.” —   Margie W.
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“I would like to thank the whole Caris team for their thoughtfulness. They made sure about my husband’s dignity and helped us to fulfill his last wishes. The Caris team that cared for Billy and the way you helped us was very special. There was always someone to give us that little touch so we could go that next step.” —   Margie W.
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In 2010, Caris was honored by a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award visit.
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In 2010, Caris was honored by a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award visit.
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In 2013, Caris was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Business Excellence in the large business category by the Knoxville Chamber.
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In 2008, Caris was awarded the prestigious Excellence Award from the Tennessee Center of Performance Excellence.
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In 2008, Caris was awarded the prestigious Excellence Award from the Tennessee Center of Performance Excellence.
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“I could never have words to tell my gratitude to Caris and their caring and compassionate staff! You are truly angels of mercy!” —   Maria S.
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Ninety-three percent of Caris employees say they intend to stay with Caris for the next several years.
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Ninety-three percent of Caris employees say they intend to stay with Caris for the next several years.
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In 2014, the Caris Myrtle Beach, SC and Somerville, TN offices received the Deyta Hospice Honors Award for achieving the highest levels of patient satisfaction.
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In 2014, the Caris Myrtle Beach, SC and Somerville, TN offices received the Deyta Hospice Honors Award for achieving the highest levels of patient satisfaction.
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“Caris came into my son’s life at a time when he really needed kindness shown to him and I’m really thankful.” —   Roberta M.
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“The Caris hospice team was wonderful! My family could not have asked for any better care than what was given to my father. The nurses would talk to us as if they had no other patients at all. Please don’t change any of the care that you provide.”

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“The Caris hospice team was wonderful! My family could not have asked for any better care than what was given to my father. The nurses would talk to us as if they had no other patients at all. Please don’t change any of the care that you provide.” —   Janie B.
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“It takes special people to bear so many people’s burdens at such a critical time. I wouldn’t have done without Caris.” —   Mallory B.
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“I feel at Caris, we add life to days, not days to live.” —   Dr. Jamie Oakley
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In 2014, the Caris Johnson City office was recognized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as a Level 4 “We Honor Veterans” partner.
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In 2014, the Caris Johnson City office was recognized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as a Level 4 “We Honor Veterans” partner.