To the Editor:
My husband, Steve Alsup, passed away recently at home in the best possible way for him. It was a low technology death, in step with his lifestyle.
It was all possible because of the help and support we got from the folks at Hancock County Homecare & Hospice. I cannot say enough good things about the generous, caring way Hospice is run. The angels who work for it are champion problem solvers. They model a good spirit and a can-do attitude.
As caregiver, I was able to continue my part-time job out of the house and maintain some normal daily rhythms in our home. I think that was helpful to Steve’s peace of mind. I also knew there were people I could ask for help, for anything. It was encouraging.
I can’t say enough good things about social workers also, both in the Mount Desert Island Hospital and in the Hancock County Homecare & Hospice organization. They were crucial in showing me what needed to be done. I don’t know what I would have done without them.
We all know that MDI is a wonderful place to live, encouraging good attitudes. Well, it turns out it is a wonderful supportive place to die also. It’s a real community. My heartfelt thanks to all.