Hospice Helps Patients and Families

Heart ‘n Home helps patients and loved ones focus on quality of life. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and we 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, former 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.”

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.

“It’s nothing scary, it’s rewarding. I recommend [volunteering in hospice] to a lot of people. A lot of people just tell me that’s not for me, I can’t do it. Again, it’s their fear of death and to me it’s a friend,” says, Bruce Barnhill, Pet Therapy and 11th Hour Heart ‘n Home Volunteer.

Throughout the month of November, Heart ‘n Home will be raising hospice awareness and posting stories and images on Facebook and Twitter in hope that it will help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available upon request. Check out more stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible.

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