Confident in his father’s care

April 4, 2024
Housecall Providers Hospice patient Walter with his son David in Oregon

Hospice gives David and Walter Warren the gift of time together.

When Walter Warren’s doctor recommended Housecall Providers Hospice, his son David had no misgivings. He knew from his mother’s experience on hospice what it meant: His father would be receiving the increased level of care he needed.

Though his conditions were severe, the care Walter received from Housecall Providers helped him recover from a long stay in the hospital. Walter celebrated his 92nd birthday last November, nine months after starting hospice care, and a year later he still enjoys spending time with his family.

At 6’2” and a gifted athlete, Walter played on several championship basketball teams, notably winning the Navy pacific fleet championship when he was stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. David inherited that enthusiasm. “My love of basketball definitely comes from Dad. My folks would take us to watch the Portland State games and the Globe Trotters,” says David, “and I would also follow him to the gym where he played on the Hillsboro city league team.” The two of them continue to watch games together, discussing the stats and sharing their love of sports. Just before Walter’s 92nd birthday, David reflected, “I think about how lucky I am that nine months after going onto hospice, Dad is still with us. I have had some awesome memories with Dad in that room.”

Frequent communication with the hospice team makes it easier for David to feel confident that he knows what is happening with his father’s health. That communication also provides an important sounding board. As David elaborates, “It’s still tough dealing with this but Scott (spiritual counselor) fills me in and follows up after visiting. He’ll talk to Dad and then call me with a report but also always asks how I am doing. He’s a good sounding board.”

As David discussed, it is not just the personal contact from the care team that reduces stress, it is also that they manage the communication and coordination of additional services. David explains, “For example, it is really helpful that the hospice team takes care of prescriptions. I used to have to battle with insurance companies and pharmacies over this and that – and now hospice takes all the work and worry out of it too.”

With so many difficult decisions for family members and caregivers to make at the later stages of a loved one’s life, choosing hospice care does not mean giving up. It means choosing increased care to help a loved one get the most out of life. Walter’s time with his family this past year has been a precious gift, cherished by both him and his loved ones.


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