Covenant Hospice raises awareness during Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Covenant Hospice employees and volunteers have been sharing an important message with the community this November during National Hospice and Palliative Care Month: Hospice and palliative care providers take the time to make sure patients understand their illness and what care options might be available. Patient wishes are a top priority and caregivers make sure they get the quality, compassionate care they want and deserve.

“We work hard all year to make sure people know that support, comfort and respect are available at a time when hope seems out of reach,” said Dale O. Knee, Covenant Hospice President & CEO. “Yet during November, we ramp up our efforts to raise awareness of the high-quality care that’s available during one of life’s most challenging times.”

Hospice care provides expert pain management, symptom control, psycho-social support and spiritual care to patients and families when a cure is not possible. All the necessary medicines and equipment needed to keep a patient comfortable can be brought right to the home, which is where most Americans would like to be if at all possible. Hospice makes this happen. Palliative care brings these same skilled services earlier in the course of an illness and can be provided along with other treatments a patient may want to pursue. Many people don’t realize that hospices are the largest providers of palliative care services in the US.

More than 1.5 million people with a life-limiting illness get help from the nation’s hospice and palliative care providers every single year. “It’s about quality of life. With the help of hospice and palliative care, patients and families can focus on what’s most important, living as fully as possible in spite of illness.” Knee said.

For additional information on hospice and palliative care, please contact your local Covenant Hospice branch.

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