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What is Hospice?

More and more people are talking about what it means not only to die, but to be alive.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which honors, acknowledges, and celebrates the valuable contributions of hospice workers throughout the nation. This year’s theme is “Courageous Conversations,” highlighting the challenges and rewards inherent to discussing our own mortality.

Hospice provides care for people who have a prognosis of six months or fewer to live. Most hospice care is provided in the home or residential setting of the patient. In addition to caring for physical needs, hospice provides emotional and spiritual support in ways that are patient-centered, focusing on the individual needs of the patient.

Recognizing that dying is more than a medical event is key to good hospice care. We can acknowledge loved ones and honor the significance of a life as it draws to a close.

Why Do We Need Courageous Conversations?

Death and dying tend to be topics to think about “later,” whether that means not getting around to completing our advance care directives or refusing to bring the topic up with family.

Hospice developed when courageous individuals recognized that death and dying are universal experiences that hold value for people who are at this stage of life.

Providing care—physical, emotional, and spiritual, gives us an opportunity to support one another during challenging times.

To Be Alive

Interest in end-of-life care has skyrocketed in recent years, and more and more people are talking about what it means not only to die, but to be alive.

Hospice is more than healthcare: it helps individuals and their loved ones during their time of need. At Enchanted Sky Hospice, we provide care in ways that hold meaning for patients and their loved ones. Let us know how our services can meet your needs.

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