Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life
Houston Hospice Reminds the Community that “It’s about how you live!”
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care. Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness.
“Every year, nearly 1.4 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospices in this country,” said Edo Banach, 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.” Cynthia Nordt, Vice President of Development and External Affairs for Houston Hospice said, “Because we are not-for-profit, we are fortunate to have tremendous community support. The need throughout Houston and the 10 surrounding counties we serve is substantial. We’re able to help over 2,000 patients and their families every year thanks to generous support from the community.”
Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.
Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.
Throughout the month of November, Houston Hospice will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.
Clinicians and educators from Houston Hospice are available to speak to civic, religious and educational organizations about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning options. Videos and stories from families showing the many ways hospice and palliative care make special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.
About Houston Hospice:
Founded in 1980, Houston Hospice is a member of the Texas Medical Center and is the only provider of nonprofit hospice care to Houston and 10 surrounding counties. Teams of specialist doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, counselors and trained volunteers provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and families, irrespective of their ethnicity or beliefs. To learn more about Houston Hospice, visit www.houstonhospice.org or call 713-467-7423.