The theme for this year’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month (which has just begun) is “Comfort. Love. Respect.” These three words are appropriate because they echo the philosophy of Hope Hospice.
“Comfort. Love. Respect.” Whether you view those three words as nouns or as verbs, they each reflect how we view our mission of patient care. We deliver comfort, love and respect to each Hope Hospice patient. We comfort our patients. We love our patients. And we respect our patients.
It’s important for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to designate November each year to increase awareness of hospice and the work being done around the US by hospice organizations. At Hope Hospice, we work with the same level of dedication 24/7/365, but we appreciate having a special month to recognize our efforts and tell the community what we do.
Among the key points being made this month by NHPCO are these:
- “Hospice is not brink-of-death care intended for the last days of life only.” That quote is from Dr. Donald Schumacher, president of NHPCO.
- Anyone can contact hospice. Call your local program to learn if hospice is right for you or your loved one.
- Hospice is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health plans and HMOs.
As hospice education continues and more families use the services of hospice, awareness of hospice is increasing. That’s good news. This fact may be even better news for families considering hospice: Research by NHPCO has found that 94 percent of families who had a loved one cared for by hospice rated the care as “very good” to “excellent.” We at Hope Hospice are proud to be part of a care group that is so highly rated.
“Comfort. Love. Respect.” Those are words we live by every day. During November, which is Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we share those words with our patients and families, our staff, our friends throughout the medical community and the general public.