Hospice and Palliative Care Helps Patients & Families Focus on Quality of Life

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psycho social support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

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Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.  Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

During the month of November, Cornerstone VNA has been joining other organizations across the nation to raise awareness in the community about the importance of hospice and palliative care through e-newsletters, social media and website postings.  Additionally, the Hospice Care Program at Cornerstone VNA has been recognizing hospice patients, who are veterans, as part of the We Honor Veterans program.  Throughout the month, veterans receiving hospice care are being recognized with a framed certificate and an American flag lapel pin.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available by calling Cornerstone VNA at 603-332-1133 or visiting www.cornerstonevna.org.   Stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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