Letter: November is National Hospice Month
November is National Hospice Month – a time to learn about hospice care, and celebrate this end-of-life care option.
Hospice care is not intended to be a last resort.
“Hospice is not brink-of-death care intended for the last days of life only,” stresses Dr. Don Schumacher, CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Hospice care is most effective for patients and families in the final months of life when families can take full advantage of the range of services hospice provides.”
Considered the gold standard for end-of-life care, hospice care is intensive comfort care for those faced with a life-limiting illness and a prognosis of six months or less. Hospice care is delivered by a team of experts, and addresses an individual’s medical, emotional and spiritual needs. Additionally, the family receives grief support after a death. All care is expressly tailored to each patient and family.
The concept of hospice was founded in the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. Day in and day out, that’s what we do; Hospice of the Red River Valley offers comfort, dignity and support. We rally around families during one of life’s most significant experiences.
It’s never too early to learn about Hospice of the Red River Valley’s compassionate care.
Executive Director, Hospice of the Red River Valley