Posted 11/07/2016

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.”

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.

“Hospice has long been considered the gold standard for compassionate, high quality end of life care. Here at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, we will strive to make the patient and the family feel comfortable, peaceful and able to enjoy the blessing of being together, all while learning how to care for their loved one when they return home. We want the patient and family to be able to relax just knowing that here we care for the patient and family as one unit while striving to put the patient in charge of their own care,” said Sherri Boyd, Director of Hospice.

Throughout the month of November, the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that 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 from the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House at 270-767-3670.