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Doris Bailey holds a framed

American flag honoring her

late husband, Charles Bailey.

The promise of Hope

A Huntsville Hospital plan to open North Alabama’s first

inpatient hospice unit has special meaning to Doris Bailey.

Bailey, who lives in the Monrovia community, credits

Huntsville Hospital’s Hospice Family Care with allowing her

husband to die peacefully and with dignity in his own bedroom.

Charles Bailey, 76, a retired Army systems analyst, suffered

from stomach cancer.

“He was at the point of no return” when the family reached

out to Hospice Family Care, Doris Bailey says. “They set up

everything in the house for us and let us know they were at our

disposal whenever we needed them, 24/7.”

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Hospice employees arranged a hospital bed for Charles and

put it at the foot of his wife’s bed, allowing him to spend his

final days in a familiar setting surrounded by the people he

loved most. His daughter Dodi Gaines was at his side when

he died.

“I don’t know what I would have done without hospice,” says

Doris Bailey. “They weren’t only our caregivers; they became

like family to us.”

While Bailey says home-based hospice care was the right

choice for her husband, she enthusiastically supports the

idea of inpatient hospice care for terminally ill patients who

no longer can be cared for at home and who require constant

medical supervision.

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