Hospice aide Tasha Ritter came to MaineGeneral Hospice three years ago and has never regretted her decision.
"Bearing witness to strong emotion and pure love is what brought me and keeps me in hospice care," she says.
Tasha treats patients and families with utmost respect and compassion — as she would want her family treated. She brings her sense of humor, her fabulous smile and gentle approach to every patient she serves, always going the extra mile to ensure patients are well cared for.
Tasha says providing end-of-life care for patients and families "fits what I was meant to do. I love it — it is not just a job! It's fulfilling to know I can go to work and provide care to the same people through their journey. I form relationships with my patients and their families. There is a bonding that means something to all of us. They know me and I feel like I make a difference each day. That feels really good!"
Hospice work has helped Tasha look at her life a little differently. Being allowed into the lives of patients and their families has given Tasha glimpses into the meaning of life and what matters most.
This is true of most Hospice caregivers — they value the privilege of helping people through life's final journey and pay closer attention to what they want our own lives to be.
When she leaves work, Tasha focuses on the important aspects and relationships in her own life. Tasha enjoys snowmobiling and spending time with her husband.
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