To the Editor:
Our lives are individual journeys. As our journeys approach the last stages, many people focus on thoughts of loss and separation. It might help to understand that this time also brings the potential for sharing care, memories and time with our families and friends. The quality of life at this time is extremely important. The control of symptoms and availability of support and caring knowledge are key to maintaining the quality of life. Sometimes it may actually help people live longer with less stress and discomfort. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that your community hospice provides. The most important message that helps people understand hospice care is that this care supports patients and families focus on living.
The hospice team provides expert care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, addresses symptoms and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and by most insurance plans and HMOs. Hospice care is provided wherever the person lives: at home or in a nursing, assisted living or other facility. Care is available to people of all ages, with any life-limiting illness.
Hospice professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what’s important and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority.
If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now. Call me at 518-891-9631 and let me tell you why it has been my privilege to work in hospice care for the last 20 years.
TylaAnn Burger, Executive Director
High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care