Agape Hospice in Tucson, AZ
Sven Olson's Spotlight
Sven has worked in the hospice profession for a year. He came to Agape after serving in the Army National guard for twenty-seven years. He was intrigued to work in hospice and palliative care from his desire to serve Veterans and help those who are transitioning from life to death; he wants to ease that transition for them and their families.
What are some of the powerful emotions you have gone through?
Joy, and a deep gratitude and wonder. He has been allowed into his clients’ lives as they and their families prepare to meet death.
What are some things you do to take care of yourself emotionally so that you can continue to help others in your profession?
Working in this field, you must take care of yourself emotionally. You become close with these individuals and their families. He keeps himself balanced by volunteering in outside actives away from work, and physical actives such as sailing and climbing mountains. Also Agape has a self-care program that they provide for those who work in this field. “The program teaches us how to properly deal with our grief and burnout as we honor these people we served and have become close with,” he said.
What has been the biggest challenge for you?
The biggest challenge he has to deal with is learning all of the government regulations regarding health care. “The second has been how too effectively communicate to the public the meaning of hospice, and how it can help them to understand death better. [Using hospice services] can enhance the life they have left, it enriches their lives and their loves one lives as they prepare to die,” explained Sven.
What do you believe has been your key to having great relationships with your patients?
Sven feels that his key for developing great relationships with his clients was the twenty-seven years he spent in the military. He learned how to communicate with all types of people under all types of conditions and how to get the job done.
How do you motivate yourself?
Sven is an eternal optimist and a man of faith. As he helps people, his energy level grows.
Looking back on the first person in your care, how would you say you have evolved from that moment and in which ways?
Looking back from the first person that was in his care Sven, feels he has evolved from that time into a better listener and how to trust the silence that comes up in conversations with his clients. “I have learned to listen with my heart when that silence happens as we talk about their lives and their death.”
What advice would you give someone who is considering hospice service in the near or far future?
“Be a volunteer first. You get firsthand knowledge so that you can make the right discussion about working in this field,” concluded Sven.
For more information on Agape Hospice:
2980 N Swan Rd Ste. 222
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: (520) 207-5817