Hospice and Palliative Care notes National Hospice Month

Published Nov 5, 2018 at 4:00pm

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country, including Hospice and Palliative Care of New Hartford, are reaching out to help people understand all that hospice and palliative care offer.

Hospice and Palliative Care serves patients in their own homes, the Siegenthaler Center residential hospice, nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and many other places people consider home. The hospice team comes to patients in Oneida, Herkimer and eastern Madison counties and serves anyone who has a life expectancy of six months or less, based on their physician’s best judgment. 

In many media reports, notable Americans who died this year were described as having “given up” on curative care late in their lives. “It is essential that people understand that hospice and palliative care is not giving up, it is not the abandonment of care, it is not reserved for the imminently dying,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Hospice is a successful model of person-centered care that brings hope, dignity and compassion when they are most needed. This is one reason that the national My Hospice Campaign was launched this year.

Every year, nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices in the United States. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their family caregivers when a cure is not possible.

For more information call 315-735-6484 or go online to www.hospicecareinc.org.