Plus, academics who study this type of program say that this goodwill is spread beyond prison medical wards.
After an inmate embraces the role of caretaker for his patients, “then it becomes more about their relationship to other people …
The mantra of hospice is “death with dignity.” It is a comfort-oriented approach to death in which quality of life is deemed as important as the number of days the patient has left.
Osborn’s hospice may not be as cozy as a living room, but it is a definite step up from a cell or the general medical ward down the hall. The most recent count, conducted ten years ago, found only 65 out of 1,800 correctional facilities had hospice programs.“He just looked up, and it’s like you get this sense that he knows he’s safe,” says Canady, who is fourteen years into an eighteen-year sentence.It’s looks like this that make his volunteer work worth it, he says.They have a few things in common: both love German shepherds and value family.And, most importantly, both are inmates at Osborn Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in northern Connecticut.