How the Hospice of West Alabama is changing lives for the better

TUSCALOOSA – Bill Cobb suffered with Alzheimer’s disease for about six years, according to his family. A local hospital referred the Cobb family to Hospice of West Alabama, a non-profit agency that provides care to terminally ill patients and their families.

Bill Cobb’s son Greg Cobb knew very little about hospice upon the time of the referral but says he is grateful for the care his father received in the final moments of his life.

“They took care of everything. There was no stress, nothing on us. Seeing him at hospice, it was such a relief. They had shaved him. He didn’t have on a hospital gown, instead it was a polo shirt. He looked like my dad again,” said Greg.

Six days after Greg’s father got to hospice he passed away.

Hospice of West Alabama has become an extension of the Cobb family since Bill Cobb’s passing. Hospice employees say that they are passionate about the purpose filled work they do.

“Our passion for taking care of patients and families is why we do this. For me it’s just an honor to be a part of these patients and families lives at such a difficult time and if we can just make an impact by helping them in any way possible then it’s just worth it,” said Hospice of West Alabama in-patient social worker Julie Burroughs.

As a non-profit agency, the Hospice of West Alabama provides these services through generous donations. If you or someone you know is interested in donating to HOWA call (205) 523-0101 .

HOWA is hosting a 5k on April 9, 2022, at 8 A.M. where many families of former patients will participate in remembrance of their loved ones. The event has activities for the entire family and gets bigger every year.

You can click here to register for the HOWA 5K run/walk. 

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