City of Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda signed a proclamation recently to proclaim November 2015 as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month to encourage citizens to increase their understanding and awareness of care at the end of life and to observe the month with appropriate activities and programs.
He was joined for the proclamation signing by Community Loving Care Hospice staff members Peggy Huff and Heather Hanson. The official proclamation goes on to say “hospice and palliative care empowers people to live as fully as possible, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones, despite serious and life-limiting illness.” It also says that “hospice and palliative care can bring patients and family caregivers the highest-quality care by an interdisciplinary team of skilled professionals that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, health aides, spiritual care providers and others who make the wishes of each patient and family a priority.” It is noted that through pain management and symptom control, caregiver training and assistance and emotional and spiritual support, that “hospice and palliative care allows patients to live fully up until the final moments, surrounded by the faces of loved ones, friends, and committed caregivers.”
Each year, hospice reportedly saves Medicare more than $2 billion by providing by solutions for physicians, care to patients and comfort to families anywhere, at any time. Each year, more than 1.65 million Americans get the benefits of hospice care through 450,000 trained volunteers and 21 million hours of service annually.