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Victor Hugo Thompson Jr. knew loss throughout his life –his first wife, Pearl, died during the polio epidemic, and his first child, Vic III, was killed in Vietnam at just 24 years old. But he never let that mar his outlook on life.
Ever the optimist, Mr. Thompson told his daughter, Kathy Brumbaugh. ‘Every day’s a good day,’ shortly after he moved into assisted living at Buckner Parkway Place in Houston in 2006.
“He was a very happy man,” Kathy said. “He was very well known throughout the whole building, and he always had a smile on his face.”
Mr. Thompson’s joyful spirit was one of the standout qualities that friends, former coworkers and acquaintances always noticed about him.
In January 2011, Mr. Thompson moved to the Harbor, and then to skilled nursing care. When his doctor recommended hospice care, Kathy followed his advice. Buckner Hospice Houston was a natural fit.
“Right away, it was just such a huge blessing, because I felt he was getting that extra comfort and attention,” she said. “He had already been getting a lot of attention, but hospice meant extra care and extra eyes and extra hands, and I felt like I could talk to them any time I had a question.”
Buckner Hospice Houston was CHAP certified in November 2010 and has served over 75 patients since then. Buckner Hospice Houston is a not-for-profit, Christian-based hospice serving Houston and surrounding areas.
“The philosophy is to focus on the quality of life, not quantity,” said Traci Cooper, administrator of Buckner Hospice Houston. “We focus not only on the patient, but the family as a whole. We try to meet needs from physical to spiritual through an interdisciplinary team approach.
“The Buckner Hospice Houston team prides itself in caring for our patients as though each one were a member of our own family.” Cooper said. “We become part of their family as we are given the privilege to care for their loved ones.”
Kathy said Buckner Hospice didn’t just provide comfort and care to her father, but to her as well.
“They truly helped me through every difficult stage,” she said. “I was able to breathe a little easier. I was able to go on a trip with my husband and get away at a time when I never would have dreamed I could have done so. They were just so good. They kept me informed, every one of them, and if I had a question, I knew who I’d call.”
Victor Hugo Thompson, Jr. died peacefully Sept. 1, 2011 at age 90.