first_img Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “With Hospice care, you are there to help a person die with dignity,” Martin said. “It’s a different transition.” And there are things worse than death, she said. Long suffering with no hope of getting better is often worse than death.About 75 percent of Hospice care is education, including preparing the family for a loved one’s  impending death. The other twenty-five percent of care is medication, Martin said.“And, if care is done correctly and the family and the patient are prepared to let go, helping make the transition from this world to the next can be the most beautiful thing in the world.”Martin has heartfelt memories of families sharing those last moments of life with a loved one.“Singing and praying together is the most beautiful sight you could ever imagine and such a wonderful way to leave this world for the next,” she said. “My heart has been so blessed and I am so thankful.” By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Gwen Martin took a deep breath, folded her hands and settled back.How do you capsule nearly 50-years in the medical field, that includes years as a traveling nurse all over the states, hospital care and Hospice care?Martin said she had a passion for nursing in general but Hospice care was closest to her heart. “With that many children, of course, my parents were older when I was born. Their health was not good and they were sick – one of them or both –most of the time. I was there at home and I took care of them. By the time, I was 16, both of my parents had died. I have never regretted taking care of my parents. I was blessed to be the one. So, having been a caregiver all those years, nursing was the natural path for my life.”After both her parents died, Martin received her first “formal” training as a nurse at the old Edge Hospital in Troy at age 16. She attended nursing school at Troy State and was mentored by RN Rosa Lee Boswell. She was more than well trained.“Nursing is a calling, not a career,” Martin said. “And, Hospice care is different. It is a calling to help people die with dignity. I don’t know of anything that I could have done with my life that was greater than that.”Hospice care is vastly different from other forms of nursing, where the purpose is to help patients get better. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Patriots still celebrating third-straight championship It’s been three days since Rush Hixon and the Pike Liberal Arts Patriots hoisted the AISA State Championship trophy and… read more Print Article Skipcenter_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Published 9:00 pm Friday, May 14, 2021 Jaine Treadwell | The MessengerGwen Martin of Troy is one of countless nurses who were recognized as exceptional people providing exceptional care during National Nurses Week, May 6-12. Martin’s nursing career spanned 50 years as a traveling, health care and Hospice care nurse. Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Hospice the hallmark of career She was among those who began Hospice care in this area back “those long years ago,” in En-terprise.“There was Hospice care in the larger cities, but we were able to provide the same care in a small-town way,” Martin said. “Intimate care. That’s what Hospice care is. I was born for that kind of care.”Martin was the last of 12 children. Her parents were not wealthy and life was hard.last_img

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