November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. During the month, the home care and hospice community will honor millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers who provide hours of selfless care to those in need of the special services they provide. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), more than 1.58 million people in the U.S. receive care from hospice palliative care providers every year. Both hospice and palliative care focus on helping a person with a serious or life-limiting illness by addressing issues causing physical or emotional pain, or suffering.
I know first hand how hospice care providers are a tremendous help in what has to be the most difficult time for a family, knowing they are going to lose someone close to them soon. My family had to seek the help of hospice in May of 2000, my mother 57 at the time had been diagnosed with lung cancer in February of 1999. I had no idea why the doctor felt we needed to have someone come in to provide care for my Mom when we were available.
Quickly I learned there was no way we could provide the care she needed. Making the call to hospice was the best thing we could have done for my Mom and for our family. They were able to keep her comfortable and give us a sense of peace in a very difficult time. Saying goodbye to a loved one is not easy to do, having hospice with us in my mother’s final days was a tremendous help. Personally, I feel having hospice care providers is one of the best things a family can do.
To find out more about hospice and the grieving process, please contact Hospice Services at Methodist Eldercare at 614-451-6700 or click here for more information.