November is a special month. We observe an important holiday – Thanksgiving – a day to appreciate the good things in our lives. This month, we also acknowledge our veterans for their service and the benefits we enjoy because of it.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is also observed in November. It’s a time to focus on what is truly important – family and friends, meaningful moments, comfort and kindness.
CHP Hospice offers compassionate care and support to those facing a terminal illness right here in our community. We do this by relieving pain and symptoms, and by providing physical, social, emotional, and spiritual support. The comfort and kindness of our hospice services draw families together at a most difficult, yet meaningful time.
Support for the journey
About 1.5 million Americans each year receive hospice and/or palliative care services. The goal is to offer dignity, respect, and peace through this tough journey. Support extends to family members too, helping them cope with their loved one’s illness and care for them when possible.
Our hospice team sees the gratitude of our patients and families every day. They are thankful for the hospice nurses’ dedication and compassion, the expert care they receive, and the peace of mind they get. But, many people still don’t know about hospice and palliative care, or they have misconceptions about what it really is. Unfortunately, many make the journey to the end of life alone without the support we have to offer. In other cases, patients enter hospice care too late to take advantage of the full range of available services or families grieve without hospice’s bereavement support.
Spread the word
CHP Hospice would like to encourage everyone to learn more about hospice and palliative care and spread the word to family, friends, and coworkers to help increase awareness of the support available so nobody has to make the journey alone. Conversations surrounding end-of-life wishes can be difficult but can also be a gift to our loved ones by creating a plan of care before a medical crisis occurs.
This month, remember to be thankful and to focus on the truly important things.