November is Hospice Awareness Month…Let’s Talk Turkey!
As we enter the Holiday Season, a wonderful opportunity is presented to us all, so turn down the volume on the game, and tell your family you want to “talk turkey” and give yourself and your loved ones the gift of preparation.
It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted.
Far too many people wait until they are amid a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available or what care they or their loved ones would have wanted.
Often, by waiting too long to learn about possible options, like hospice care, people end up spending difficult days in the hospital or the emergency room and opportunities to be with loved ones at home are lost.
When a family is coping with a serious illness and a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life: comfort and dignity.
Considered to be the model for high-quality, compassionate care for people with a life-limiting illness, hospice care includes expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. Care is provided by an inter-disciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers. The wishes of the patient and family are always at the center of care.
*Care is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans and HMO’s.