Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life

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Sun, November 01, 2015 -- Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System

Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County Makes More Meaningful Moments Possible

Hutchinson, KS – November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” stated J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”  National Association of Hospice and HomeCare President Val. J. Halamandaris. shares “It is highly appropriate in November that we celebrate the nurses, therapists, aides, and other providers who choose to use their lives to serve our country’s aged, disabled, and dying. No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration. Their goal is helping society’s weakest members live the fullest lives they can.  By marrying high tech with high touch, home care professionals and volunteers allow patients to get care at home where they can be with the ones they love.”  

Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.  Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

Dee Thorington, recently posted this on Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County’s FaceBook page:  “This is a very special agency that I need to thank. Hospice and homecare workers have been diligently coming and caring for my husband for the last 2 years. No one will ever know how much I love and appreciate everyone that helped care for him. They are all very special people so loving and compassionate with their care of all their patients. So thank you and may God Bless each one.”  Darla Wilson, Executive Director for Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County adds, “It has been a privilege to serve Hutchinson and the surrounding communities since 1981 and I would like to personally thank you for the honor of caring for members of this wonderful community.”

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County.


Andrea Siefkes