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Monday, November 19, 2012 10:54 AM

VAN WERT — Many people think of hospice as the last resort in the waning moments of life. That certainly wasn’t true for Agnes Bohnlein of Delphos, a patient at CHP’s Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.

At age 91 and facing terminal cancer, she never missed her weekly bingo game on Wednesday night at St. Johns; something she had enjoyed for years. Family, friends or volunteers took her to the game every week.

She loved bingo and would not only play each week, but worked helping distribute cards to other players too. While at the hospice center, she participated in CHP’s basket bingo event--and even won a basket.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to draw attention and raise awareness of this kind of care. One of the messages hospice organizations hope to convey is that hospice is not only for the final moments of life.

“Hospice is most effective when we have months and not days to support patients and families,” said Angie Krall, RN inpatient hospice supervisor. “There are many supportive services that we can provide to make this journey easier for the patient and family…if we have the time to implement them.”

For four months, Bohnlein fondly called the hospice center her home. “Everyone here is so special, they love what they do,” she said. “It’s like family.”

CHP volunteers, like Sharon Gipe of Van Wert stopped in often to visit with Bohnlein and when the weather permitted, they would go outside for walks around the building.

“In hospice, I can still live my own life,” Bohnlein said. “They give you the opportunity to do what you can. Now, that’s my idea of living!”

Bohnlein passed on Nov. 13. Besides being a patient, she became an advocate for hospice; telling friends about how she benefitted from the service. She is featured in CHP’s latest television commercial.

“People don’t realize what a wonderful place [the inpatient hospice center] is,” Bohnlein said. “This is where I wanted to be at the end of my life and it has lived up to my expectations.”


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