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No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s Snowline Hospice.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care offer.
One of the most important messages is to help people understand that hospice and palliative care help patients and families focus on living, even near the end of life.
Hospice is more than traditional healthcare. It’s high-quality care that focuses on the whole patient. 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. Both hospice and palliative care combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life.
The hospice team provides expert medical care that keeps patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. As part of this care, the hospice team answers questions, offers advice to patients and families on what to expect, and helps families with their caregiving duties. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.
Hospice care is provided wherever the patient is currently living, whether it’s in their home, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, or a long-term care center. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, and by most insurance plans and HMOs.
Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness. When you contact Snowline Hospice, medical professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what’s important and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority.
If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is now. The sooner patients can take advantage of this compassionate and expert care, the more the hospice team can help them meet the end of life with the dignity and respect they deserve.
FERN ALEXANDER, PH.D.
Board President, Snowline Hospice