Hospice care – making the most of life’s greatest gift

November 29, 2018

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month – a time set aside to recognize and honor hospice providers and caregivers around the nation. Every day, millions of hospice physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers dedicate themselves to providing comfort and support to patients and families facing life’s final journey.

A terminal illness affects more than just the patient, it also impacts those closest to them. Helping provide more quality time with friends, families, and loved ones – particularly over the holidays – is one of the greatest gifts hospice professionals can give the people they care for.

Time is precious – especially for patients and families facing a life-limiting illness. When a cure is no longer possible, every moment counts and quality time with a loved one becomes more important than ever.

At Hospice of Wilson, dedicated hospice professionals help patients live as fully and comfortably as possible. The primary location for hospice care is the home setting. For many patients, the familiarity of home offers a great sense of security and comfort. Hospice care can be given anywhere a patient lives, including nursing homes and assisted-care facilities.

Hospice care is centered on the effective management of pain and other symptoms of end-stage illness and delivers physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support to patients and their family members.

Hospice services include nursing care, personal care, medical social work services, spiritual counseling, pain management, assistance with medical equipment, bereavement support and volunteer support for companionship.

The clinicians and hospice professionals at Hospice of Wilson strive to provide patients and loved ones the confidence and skills necessary to make care at home possible. Qualified nurses, social workers, chaplains, counselors and volunteers offer the support patients and families need in the comfort of their own home.

Hospice is available to individuals with end-stage illness for which there is no cure. But hospice care is not limited to the last few days of a patient’s life. In fact, hospice is designed to provide support throughout the final stages of illness. By choosing hospice, patients and their families can access a network of comfort and support when it’s needed most.

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance.

We are honored to serve our community as hospice caregivers and clinicians at Hospice of Wilson. The nurses and staff at our agency put patients and families first – helping them find peace and comfort in their own homes.

During National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, the clinicians and staff at Hospice of Wilson encourage everyone to recognize the contributions of hospice workers – not just during November, but throughout the year.

Wilson Medical Center/Hospice of Wilson is part of LHC Group, a national provider of post-acute care services with 32,000 employees operating 780 locations in 36 states.

For more information about Hospice of Wilson, call 252-640-2400.

Julie Wilkinson, BSN, RN, CCM, is the Hospice Area Executive Director of Hospice of Wilson.