November 1, 2012
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Covenant Hospice raises awareness about advance directives during Hospice and Palliative Care Month
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Covenant Hospice wants to share an important message with the community this November during National Hospice and Palliative Care Month: it’s never too early to begin the conversation of a lifetime and create an advance directive.
“Our team is committed to providing education to the community about advance care planning,” said Dale O. Knee, Covenant Hospice President & CEO. “It is important for everyone to have an advance directive regardless of present health status.” For information about obtaining and filling out an advance directive in your state, please visit www.covenanthospice.org/begintheconversation.
Hospice care provides expert pain management, symptom control, psycho-social support and spiritual care to patients and families when a cure is not possible. All the necessary medicines and equipment needed to keep a patient comfortable can be brought right to the home, which is where most Americans would like to be if at all possible. Hospice makes this happen. Palliative care brings these same skilled services earlier in the course of an illness and can be provided along with other treatments a patient may want to pursue. Many people don’t realize that hospices are the largest providers of palliative care services in the United States.
More than 1.5 million people with a life-limiting illness get help from the nation’s hospice and palliative care providers every single year. “It’s about quality of life. With the help of hospice and palliative care, patients and families can focus on what’s most important, living as fully as possible in spite of illness.” Knee said.
For additional information on hospice and palliative care, please contact your local Covenant Hospice branch.