Hospice of NW Ohio observing Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Press Staff Writer

        Throughout the month of November, Hospice of Northwest Ohio will be joining organizations across the nation in recognizing National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This year’s theme is “Meeting You Where You Are.”     For more than 41 years, Hospice of Northwest Ohio has helped provide interdisciplinary, supportive care to tens of thousands of people, allowing them to spend their final months wherever they call home and surrounded by their loved ones.
        Hospice team crafts plans of care that ensure pain management, therapies, and treatments are centered on the patients’ and families’ goals and wishes. Hospice care also provides emotional support and advice to help families become confident caregivers and adjust to the future with grief support.
        “At the heart of hospice is meeting patients and their loved ones where they are during difficult times when support is needed most,” said Ben Marcantonio, COO and Interim CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). “National Hospice and Palliative Care month recognizes the crucial role hospice and palliative care providers play in caring for their communities year-round.”
        Each year, over one million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices across the United States. When a patient is not eligible for hospice care, they may benefit from community-based palliative care, provided in the Greater Toledo Area by Sincera palliative care service.
        Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering for those who are seeking treatment for serious illness. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness also involves addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy through access to information and choice.
        More information about hospice, palliative care and advance care planning is available at hospicenwo.org or on NHPCO’s website, CaringInfo.org


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