The Denver Hospice Celebrates National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
DENVER, November 1, 2018 — Hospice is not a place but is high-quality, life-enhancing care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. 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. Nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices in this country every year. In 2017, The Denver Hospice cared for 4,920 patients.
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. At The Denver Hospice, we believe it 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.
Hospice is a successful care model that helps patients and their families get the most out of every day — the very most from life,” said Melinda Egging, president, The Denver Hospice. “Hospice and palliative care is not about losing life, but adding to it. Our care supports mind, body and spirit, giving our patients and their families control over their lives with dignity, joy, compassion and unparalleled experience and support.”
Throughout the month of November, The Denver Hospice will join organizations across the nation to help communities understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.
About The Denver Hospice
The Denver Hospice is the region’s leading, largest and most trusted not-for-profit provider of life-enhancing hospice and palliative care. That means we offer more expertise, more resources and a more complete continuum of compassionate care to patients facing life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life transition. For more information, visit TheDenverHospice.org.