ANNA MAE OWEN RESIDENTIAL HOSPICE HOUSE PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE MONTH



November was National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Hospice and palliative care programs across the country reached out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care services. Hospice is not a place, but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible, despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness.  

“Every year, nearly 1.4 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from the hospices in the country,” said Edo Banach, 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 Sherri Boyd, Director of Hospice at Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

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 a serious illness or the end of life.

The Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House and hospice programs of Murray-Calloway County Hospital hosted activities and events throughout the month of November to raise awareness for these programs. Activities included daily gifts for staff members, a luncheon for staff and volunteers, chair massages, a community book reading, featuring “Driving Ms. Norma,” presented by Sandy Linn, provided popcorn for staff, patients, families and volunteers, and hosted vendor and supporting department “Appreciation Day.”

Each activity that was hosted was to help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.

For more information about the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House and hospice programs of Murray-Calloway County Hospital, please call (270) 767-3670.