Jennings Hospice Celebrates November’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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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. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to help people understand all that hospice and palliative care offer.

Jennings Hospice

In recent months, a number of notable Americans have passed away. They include Senator John McCain, the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, and former first lady Barbara Bush. In many media reports, they were described as having “given up” on curative care late in their lives. Ms. Franklin opted for hospice care; Mrs. Bush received what was described as “comfort care.”

“Hospice and palliative care are not just for individuals who are near death, and it’s not about giving up,” said Judi Makan, Executive Director for Jennings Hospice. “Hospice is very person-centered to provide the support, hope and compassion to someone who is facing illness. Jennings Hospice staff supports individuals and their families in making choices about their care as well celebrating life.”

Every year, nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices in this country, reports NHPCO. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their family caregivers when a cure is not possible. Jennings Hospice services are tailored to each individual and family, such as medical and nursing care, emotional care, pain management, spiritual guidance and bereavement care.

Throughout the month of November, Jennings Hospice 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 Jennings Hospice or from NHPCO’s CaringInfo.org.

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