Our Hospice is highlighting the Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care
Our Hospice and Palliative Care Celebrates November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
(Columbus, Indiana) – Throughout the month of November, Our Hospice will be joining organizations across the nation celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Hospice care has helped provide comfort and dignity to millions of people around the world for many decades, allowing them to spend their final months at the place they call home and surrounded by their loved ones. In this country, for over 40 years, hospice organizations ensure that pain and symptom management, therapies, and treatments all support a comprehensive plan of care that is centered on the person’s goals. Hospice care also provides emotional support, education, and advice to help family members become confident caregivers and prepare for the future by providing grief support and bereavement follow up.
“It is essential that people understand that hospice and palliative care is not giving up, it is not the abandonment of care, and it is not reserved for the imminently dying,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). “Hospice is a successful model of person-centered care that brings hope, dignity and compassion when they are most needed.”
In 2018, 1.55 million Medicare beneficiaries received care from hospices in this country, reports NHPCO. Hospice is unique in that it offers an interdisciplinary team approach to treatment. Caring for the whole person allows the team to address each patient’s unique needs and challenges.
“We are truly grateful to be able to care for people in our communities as we work to fulfill our mission, To Make Every Moment Count” said Laura Leonard, President of Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. “With offices in Columbus, North Vernon and Greensburg, we proudly serve families in 16 Indiana counties since 1980 as one of the very few not-for-profit hospice organizations in this area. Our goal is to bring the highest quality medical care and support to patients and families experiencing a life-limiting illness or condition.”
“As of June of 2019,” Leonard continued “we opened a new Palliative Care service, which brings the medical specialty of symptom management to our health system and our community. Palliative Care offers treatment for identified symptoms to individuals with a serious illness who are continuing to actively receive treatment for their condition. Our medical staff are the experts in symptom management and we are pleased to be able to care for people needing this support while managing a chronic or acute illness under the care of their physicians.”
Brigitte Halvorsen, Our Hospice employee whose mother died with hospice services, noted, “I was grateful to Our Hospice for the expert care they provided for my mom during her illness. Even though I understand what hospice offers, I was impressed by the level of support they provided to me and my family, helping me understand my mother’s prognosis and how best to care for her. They were always just a phone call away when we needed our nurse or just had questions. They were there for me during such a difficult time and I’m honored to be able to help bring this care to others.”
More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from our website at www.ourhospice.org
and on our Facebook page @ Our Hospice or from NHPCO’s CaringInfo.org
Our Hospice cares for people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or are no longer seeking active medical treatment. Hospice care includes symptom management, attention to quality of life, end of life care and bereavement support by a team of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers wherever the patient resides.
Palliative Care Symptom Management Specialists care for patients who are actively receiving treatment by their physician for a chronic, advanced or acute condition. Palliative care includes management of specific symptoms and monitoring of the improvement of quality of life for as long as the patients’ physician indicates. Appointments are provided in the local outpatient clinic or the home setting.
Both programs are operated from our location at 2626 E. 17th Street, Columbus, IN with additional administrative office locations in Greensburg and North Vernon. Information can be found at: ourhospice.org or contact us at 800-841-4938 ext. 8000 to find out more about how Our Hospice or Palliative Care Specialists can support your family.