My mother in-law, who had suffered for about three years with frontal lobe dementia, passed away this week. Our family was blessed to have caring and thoughtful doctors, nurses, and technicians who helped us negotiate the final hours of her life with dignity and compassion. Throughout her illness I got to vicariously experience what it’s like to care for a loved one and negotiate the medical system under these circumstances.
My summary of the experience; a collection of dedicated and caring healthcare providers, each trying to deal with one part of complex problem, in a system that is disconnected and offers little in terms of coordinated relationships.
The problem cannot be blamed on any one person or organization fault. It’s about how interrelated systems of care work together. The good news is that progress is being made, right here in my community. I want to share an article from our archives originally posted on May 2, 2013. At the end, I’ve added a new piece, the national recognition that Via Christi received for their pioneering work in patient-centered care. (more…)