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December 14, 2017

11/30/2017 6:26:00 PM
Hospice, Palliative Care Month Celebrated In November

Mountain Regional Hospice in Clifton Forge celebrated National Hospice and Palliative Care Month during November.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Medicare Hospice Benefit. There are more than 1.5 million Americans living with life-limiting illness who receive care annually from hospices throughout the nation.

Hospice is not a place, but rather a model of high-quality care than enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness.

Hospice care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness. This care places the needs of the individual at the center of care allowing patients and family caregivers to focus on quality of life, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones.

Hospice also strives to care for the families and caregivers of each patient. It offers bereavement services that continue for as long as those families and caregivers may need assistance.

Greater awareness is needed to increase more timely access to hospice care. Over 30 percent of Medicare beneficiaries only received care for seven days or less, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

This is considered too short a time to fully benefit from the range fo services that hospice care offers.

That care is composed of a team of highly-trained medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual care providers/counselors, health aides and volunteers.

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.

All hospice and palliative care providers encourage everyone to learn more about options of care and share their wishes with family, loved ones and health care professionals.

While the end of life journey is difficult, Mountain Regional Hospice strives to help patients, families, loved ones and caregivers face it with dignity and respect.

For more information on hospice care or if you would like to become a hospice volunteer, please call Mountain Regional Hospice at (540) 862-8820.

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