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Celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month!

November marks the time we honor the vital services that organizations like JourneyCare provide to patients and their families who are facing serious illness and end-of-life issues. During National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we celebrate our care teams for their medical expertise and personal compassion, while also honoring our patients and their families. We also aim to educate our communities about the importance of end-of-life and supportive care. That’s why this year our team members are sharing wisdom from their own personal experiences on the front lines of hospice and palliative care.

“What everyone should know about hospice and palliative care is …”

Mina Patel, RN

  • “Our starting point is our understanding. Understanding of our patients, their families and friends, social situations, anatomy, physiology and clinical skills all allow us the ability to provide care in a respectful and compassionate way.”

 

Laura Seils, Hospice Transition Liaison Manager

  • “Services are not just for the last days of life. Enrolling in the system early on, when eligible, creates best outcomes for patients and families. It enables early advance care planning, relationship building and trust in the team managing care, ongoing education on disease and “what to expect.” It also creates better days that focus on enhancing quality of life and a smoother transition when end of life is nearing, with less anxiety for the patients and families. Benefits of early enrollment are endless–as research shows– including living longer!”

 

Amy Tang, Bereavement Counselor

  • “Hospice and palliative care helps to ease fear and anxiety at end of life by focusing on comfort and dignity for both the patient and their families.”

 

Roger Parlour, RN Case Manager

  • “Hospice is as much about living as it is about dying; hospice is not so much concerned about quantity of life as it is quality of life.”

 

 

Karen Thompson, RN Case Manager

  • “Hospice is peace! It’s YOUR end of life. It’s YOUR goals of care. Hospice is there to help you be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually at peace with your own end of life. Experts say your hospice benefit is the most overlooked and underutilized benefit.”

 

Ebony Nard, Palliative Care Team Manager

  • “Throughout their journey, this is not a path that patients and families must walk alone. Both palliative and hospice teams are here to provide the best care and make each day the best day.”

 

Dr. Ruby Roy, Associate Medical Director – Pediatrics

  • “Hospice and palliative care is care beyond cure. It is about speaking honest hard truths with empathy and loving kindness. It is walking with families through the darkness of impending death. It is about supporting children and families to deal with one of the hardest transitions they will ever know: the death of a child or sibling. It is about supporting families to value love and living in the moment over fighting an unwinnable war. It is about placing a value on a smile, a song, a grilled cheese sandwich, or a quiet moment holding hands.”

 

 

Rabbi Suzanne Griffel, Chaplain

  • “Signing up for palliative care or for hospice does not mean that you’re giving up, or that you are necessarily dying tomorrow; it means you are choosing to focus on having the best possible life that you can for the rest of your life, however long that may be.”

 

Michael Freeze, Team Clinical Manager

  • “Hospice and palliative care works to meet everyone where they are in life’s continuum. We are all about celebrating life and making the most of every day. It is a unique service that reflects personal choices and goals.”

 

Valencia Cribbs, Health Information Tech

  • “It’s about living your best life, because a team of professionals is managing your pain and making sure you feel the best you possibly can.”

 

  • “It promotes life, not death.”

    Gabriel Hardaway, Chaplain

    – By Elisabeth Mistretta, JourneyCare Content Specialist
    Originally published in Together to Care, Fall/Winter 2016

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