At The Denver Hospice, we believe hospice is not a place, but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. We also believe palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to help people understand all that hospice and palliative care offer.
In recent months, a number of notable Americans have died. They include Senator John McCain, the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, and former first lady Barbara Bush. In many media reports, they were described as having “given up” on curative care late in their lives. Ms. Franklin opted for hospice care; Mrs. Bush received what was described as “comfort care.”
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,” says Melinda Egging, president, The Denver Hospice. “Hospice is a successful model of person-centered, life-enhancing care that brings hope, dignity and compassion when they are most needed.
Every year, nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices in this country, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. 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.
Throughout the month of November, The Denver Hospice is joining organizations across the nation to help our communities understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.