To the Editor:
No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. 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 Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice provides. One of the most important messages to help people understand is that hospice helps patients and families focus on living.
The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. They answer questions, offer advice on what to expect, and help families with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.
Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness. Care is provided in the home, nursing homes, longterm care centers, and at the Greg & Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard. Professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what’s important and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority.
Hospice is covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and most insurance plans and HMOs.
If you or a loved one is facing a serious or lifelimiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now. Contact Hospice of the Bluegrass – Mountain Community at (606) 439- 2111, (800) 560-1101, or visit www.hospicebg.org.
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