November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
CROWLEY - 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.
“Every year, more than 1.4 million people living with life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “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 health 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. They combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life.
As George Houssiere, the hospice volunteer coordinator at La. Hospice and Palliative Care noted, “This is by far the most wonderful ministry that I have ever been involved in, even though it is difficult at times, it is also very rewarding. Just to be able to help people during this most trying time is truly satisfying and well worth the time and effort.”
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. La. Hospice & Palliative Care is committed to bringing important information to Jennings and the surrounding area.
Additional information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from La. Hospice and Palliative Care of Jennings at 337-616-3482. NHPCO’S Caring Connections offers information and resources for professionals and consumers at www.caringinfo.org, or call the HelpLine at 800/658-8898.
La. Hospice and Palliative Care of Jennings will be honoring our patients and families with our annual memorial service to held December, 6th 2009 at St Mary’s Center, 719 N. State St. Service will begin at 2 PM, everyone is welcome.