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.

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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.

November is Home Care and Hospice Month

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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During November the home care and hospice fields honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the individuals they serve. This year’s theme: the theme, Home Care and Hospice Deliver Freedom, helps to spread awareness about the choices we have with recovery, chronic pain and illness, palliative care and support at the end of life.

Jennings caregivers bring personal warmth to the daily work of giving personal care and assistance. Likewise, Jennings Home Care and Jennings Hospice staff play an invaluable role as caregivers, companions, and friends. Home care and Hospice both provide comfort and relief in an individual’s own home and enables you to make choices about your care. Services are tailored to each individual, such as medical and nursing care, emotional care, pain management, spiritual guidance and bereavement care.

Jennings Home Care can assist you with recovery in the comfort of your own home, for ex-ample after a hospital visit or short-term rehabilitation. The staff helps you meet your well-ness and recovery goals at home, where you are in your most familiar environment. As individuals recover with new routines or needs, Jennings Home Care can make additional recommendations to help a person retain their level of independence.

Judi Makan, Director of Jennings Home Care and Administrator of Jennings Hospice stressed that hospice is not a preparation for death, but rather a celebration of life that recognizes the final phases of life and helps individuals transition in a comfortable and dignified manner. She said, “At Jennings Hospice, we strive to treat all hospice patients as if they were our own family members. The addition of hospice enables Jennings to provide each individual dignity and comfort at the end of their life.”

Jennings Home Care and Jennings Hospice staff members available for support if you or a family member would like this values-based care from the same organization you know and trust. Feel free to contact them if you would like additional information:

Jennings Hospice Volunteers

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jennings is currently seeking volunteers to support individuals receiving support through Jennings Hospice. Hospice volunteers, as members of the hospice interdisciplinary team, provide specialized care and compassion with a focus on comfort, supportive care and enhancing quality of life.
Jennings currently has volunteer positions available. If you are interested in volunteering with Jennings Hospice, please contact [more…]

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More veterans are using hospice care due to new initiative

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More US veterans are using hospice due to the Comprehensive End-of-Life Care (CELC) initiative implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to improve care at the end of life. @LeadingAge
More US veterans are using hospice due to the Comprehensive End-of-Life Care (CELC) initiative implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to [more…]

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National Health Care Decisions Week: A time to discuss advanced directives

Monday, April 17, 2017

It’s National Healthcare Decisions Week , have you had a conversation with the people you love?
Jennings and Jennings Hospice, along with other national, state and community organizations, are taking part in an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation [more…]

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Jennings Hospice comforts with compassion

Friday, December 30, 2016

Jennings Hospice, which received its accreditation late this summer, now formally supports individuals with palliative care and hospice services. “We are proud to add Jennings Hospice to our continuum of services,” said Allison Q. Salopeck, President and CEO at Jennings. “Jennings has excelled in supporting individuals’ end of life journey for nearly 75 years with dignity and respect. Our accreditation is one way to demonstrate our commitment [more…]

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Jennings to add hospice and home care services

Monday, May 11, 2015

(4/29/15) Jennings Center for Older Adults is pleased to announce the formation of its own hospice and home care services.
“When you think about hospice, Jennings has excelled in supporting individuals’ end of life journey for nearly 75 years with dignity and respect,” explains Allison Q. Salopeck, President and CEO at Jennings. “However, there is also [more…]

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Take a Moment, Make a Moment

Friday, November 7, 2014

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 people coping with life-limiting illness.
“Every year, more than 1.5 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald [more…]

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