Sanford Hospice Jean and Jerrys Story

Recently, Jean Waldera spoke about the care her husband, Jerry, received during his home hospice care and his transition into a Sanford Hospice Cottage.

When facing the difficult news that a loved one has a terminal illness, Sanford Hospice provides continuation of care from hospital to home. Embraced by an entire team of registered nurses, social workers, clergy and volunteers, patients have an individual care plan that focuses on their emotional, physical and spiritual needs.

Recently, Jean Waldera spoke about the care her husband, Jerry, received during his home hospice care and his transition into a Sanford Hospice Cottage.

“Before we moved Jerry into the Sanford Hospice Cottage, we had two volunteers who were absolutely lovely women. I could go get my hair cut, have lunch or just get out and have a little breathing space. I came home refreshed and that was important. I am particularly grateful to them because the care, love and the attention that they gave to Jerry was remarkable and lifted his spirits a great deal. I am really grateful for that.”

Jean says Sanford Hospice helped her understand how to take care of Jerry in the comfort of their home.

“The caregivers at Sanford Hospice really helped me understand how to manage Jerry’s pain with medication, guided me in how to cope myself and what I needed to do to keep him safe,” said Waldera.

When Jerry’s health declined, Jean and her family worked with the Sanford Hospice team to move Jerry into the Hospice Cottage.

“The care he got 24 hours a day at the Hospice Cottage was way beyond what I could have done at home. I’m not going to name them all by name – there were so many, so many angels who helped us in Jerry’s final days,” said Jean.

Hospice care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more and to hear Jean and Jerry’s entire story, visit www.sanfordhealth.org/hospice.