From: Pam Slocum
No one likes to think about death and dying, but itís something everyone has to face eventually. Thereís an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to people who are coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. Itís Winona Health Hospice.
November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care given by hospice and palliative care.
One of the most important messages we hope to share is that hospice care and palliative care help patients and families focus on living.
The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid in most states, and by most insurance plans and HMOs. Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes, assisted living and long term care residences.
Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness. Hospice professionals and trained volunteers will ask you whatís important and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority.
If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now. If you have questions, please call 507-457-4468.
Pam Slocum is director of Winona Health Hospice, which provides hospice care in Minnesota and Wisconsin communities within a 35-mile radius of Winona.