A local physician is helping patients and family members deal with end-of-life care after dedicating most of his career to delivering babies. Dr. Sam Roberts is working with Hospice Care Corporation, serving as their medical director for Barbour, Randolph and Pocahontas Counties, and the regional inpatient unit
Roberts told Elkins Rotary members Monday the Hospice Care Corp. short term care inpatient facility is the best kept secret in Randolph County.
"The facility offers 12 beds in a quiet, home-like setting," Roberts said. "The facility is not necessarily for those in the dying process, but a place to care for hospice patients when caregivers need respite."
Roberts said right now, the facility is full of hospice patients who have not had power restored to their homes as of yet.
He said working with hospice is a real calling, one he considers spiritual.
"Hospice care provides comfort measures and support for the patient and their family," Roberts said. "One summer night, a patient was playing Presbyterian hymns and I realized there is a vigil just as a vigil at birth."
Roberts said hospice is not an end of life, but a celebration of life.
"Hospice helps families celebrate the life of one's passing," Robert said. "Family and friends remember the joy and the good things of the person's life. Hospice also helps the patient transition comfortably and helps the patient's family when the patient's spirit is reborn."
Additional information is available by calling 304-637-2783, or online at www.hospicecarecorp.org.
Roberts said November is National Hospice Month and Hospice Care Corp. will sponsor an open house at its inpatient unit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14. The facility is located at 169 Diamond St. in Elkins. Tours and refreshments will be served.