By Beth Taylor, Community Hospice, Marketing and Community Outreach
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 a 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 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.” Community Hospice serves more than 1,100 patients each year throughout our nine-county service area in eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio.
Hospice is not a place. It is a type of medical care. 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. Most of our patients still live in their own homes with the Community Hospice team providing support to their family. We also provide symptom management and end-of-life care at the Community Hospice Care Center, our 15-bed in-patient facility.
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 diagnosis.
“Our team of nurses, aides, social workers, and chaplains work with patients to be sure that every day is the best day they can have to share with their families and friends,” said Susan Hunt, Executive Director of Community Hospice. “If a patient has something they would like to do, our employees will try to make that happen. They go above and beyond every day to make special memories possible.”
Community Hospice follows-up with families after their loved one has passed away to measure our quality of care. We want to ensure we are providing the highest quality of care that patients, families, caregivers and the health care community expect from our organization. Community Hospice consistently ranks higher than our state and national peers in all aspects of our program.
Throughout the month of November, Community Hospice will be joining organizations across the nation to celebrate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and to help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.
Community Hospice serves patients in Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Elliott, Lawrence, Martin and Johnson counties in Kentucky, along with Lawrence and Scioto counties in Ohio. More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from Community Hospice. Visit our website at www.chospice.org or call us at 606-329-1890, 740-532-8841 or 800-926-6184.