November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.
“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
“These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey,” said Denise Watson, executive director of Mountain Valley Hospice.
Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.
Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together. Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.
“Volunteering your time and talents can be rewarding for both you and the hospice patient, and there are many ways to serve”, said Sheila Jones, director of marketing. “Lots of our volunteers come from families that we have served, and now want to give back to his or her community.”
More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available www.mtnvalleyhospice.org or call 1-888-789-2922
A story showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.