National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is celebrated every November across the nation and Murray-Calloway County Hospital is helping support awareness. This year’s theme, “My Hospice. A Program that Works. A Benefit that Matters,” builds on the success of hospice care in the U.S. and highlights the value it brings to individuals, families, and the overall healthcare delivery system.

What began as primarily a volunteer-driven, grassroots movement in the 1970’s, is now an integrated part of our nation’s health care delivery system that provides care to more than 1.43 million Medicare beneficiaries and their families every year.

MCCH offers a snapshot of hospice care associated with Murray-Calloway County Hospital and the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House.

Nearly 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries receive hospice care for seven days or less, a period considered too short to take full advantage of the many services the hospice interdisciplinary team offers.

“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.