INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — With slow-going traffic on the roads, home health and hospice nurses couldn’t make it to see all the patients they would normally see. Crossroads Hospice visited those with the highest needs.
It isn’t hard for Karen Owen to take steps up a snowy driveway. It isn’t hard for her to drive from Lee’s Summit to Independence in the snowstorm. Not when Owen knows who she is helping.
“He’s amazing, and that’s why she’s lived as long as she has,” said Owen.
The nurse with Crossroads Hospice has come to see Peggy Henderson and her husband, Terry. Peggy Henderson’s body is ravaged by multiple sclerosis.
“Peggy is a very fragile patient. She is at high risk for aspiration and pneumonia. She cannot swallow,” said Owen.
Incredibly, Peggy Henderson has lived six years since she started receiving hospice care — end-of-life care.