In recognition of of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Unity Hospice has created a video to raise awareness about the benefits of hospice and palliative care. Please visit their Facebook page to share the video and add your story.
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For Immediate Release: Contact:
November 1, 2019
Christy Brozak, Unity Hospice Marketing Director 920-339-6772
Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care
Unity Hospice Celebrates November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
(De Pere, Wisconsin) –Unity Hospice is joining organizations across the nation to raise awareness about the benefits of hospice and palliative care in recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
For more than 40 years, hospice has helped provide comfort and dignity to millions of people, allowing them to spend their final months at home, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospices ensure that pain management, therapies, and treatments all support a plan of care that is centered on the person’s goals. This care also provides emotional support and advice to help family members become confident caregivers and adjust to the future with grief support for up to a year.
“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. “Hospice is a successful model of person- centered care that brings hope, dignity and compassion when they are most needed. This is one reason that the national My Hospice Campaign was launched in 2018.”
Every year, nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive 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.
“Hospice adds life to days when you can’t add days to life”, said Alisa Gerke, Unity’s Executive Director. “In addition to helping a patient have the best day possible, hospice is about making a caregiver’s day more manageable, a grieving spouse’s day a little easier and a volunteer’s day more purposeful.”
Hospices are also some of the best providers of community-based palliative care. Palliative care delivers expertise to improve quality of life and relief from pain. It can be provided at any time during an illness – during and after treatment, from diagnosis on.
More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available by contacting Unity Hospice at 920-338-111/www.unityhospice.org or from NHPCO’s CaringInfo.org.
Unity Hospice is a nonprofit provider of hospice care, palliative care and grief support throughout 13 counties in Northeast Wisconsin. A continuation of Bellin Hospice, founded in 1977, Unity was the first hospice in Wisconsin and the third in the nation. Patients and families are served by more than 225 paid employees and over 350 volunteers living the mission of bringing the best end-of-life experience by delivering unwavering strength, compassion and support. Unity is a caring, nonprofit partnership of Bellin Health, HSHS St Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital. For more information, visit www.unityhospice.org.
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