I believe hospice care falls in the category of topics often overlooked by those until a personal experience draws you in to learn more. Imagine having the ultimate responsibility of protecting and encouraging another’s loved one in their final days. Imagine your hands caring for a person at the end of life’s journey. Imagine offering what support and comfort you can for the family members. This is what hospice nurses, staff and volunteers are faced with day to day. Such unique and important roles.
I personally lived in a hospice for 15 long days almost exactly 7 years ago now with my grandmother. The memories I have from her final days are etched in my brain forever and there are no words for how precious they are to me. I laid in her bed with her, I held her hand, I massaged her feet. We laughed together. She smiled at me. She saw the sunshine a few more times. Without the care and comfort provided to her and to our family from the hospice, we all would have missed out on the peaceful exit from this life she made. It’s incredibly sad, sometimes still unbearable, to know she’s gone, but to have the ability to transition her and us from the harshness of the hospital to the comfort of the hospice when the time came to accept our realty, the care we received was priceless and will never be forgotten.
With this, I invite you to learn more about hospice care during November for National Hospice Care Month…..
Covenant Hospice Helps Community Learn about Special Care Hospice Provides
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about important care issues for people coping with life-limiting illness.
Covenant Hospice will use this annual healthcare observance to help people learn more about hospice and palliative care. Throughout the month of November, organizations across the nation are hosting activities that focus on celebrating this unique system of support and the benefits provided by the loving care of hospice. Covenant Hospice is committed to bringing important information throughout North Florida and South Alabama.
“Every year, more than 1.65 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said Dale O. Knee, president and CEO of Covenant Hospice. “These highly-trained professionals don’t only provide quality medical care. They work to make sure patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”
Hospice is more than traditional healthcare. 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. 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.
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Covenant Hospice is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate services to patients and loved ones during times of life-limiting illnesses. For more information about Covenant Hospice or to make a hospice inquiry, contact the local branch office at 850-575-4998 or visit www.covenanthospice.org