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Letter: KishHealth System helps community understand hospice

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious life-limiting illness. It’s KishHealth System Hospice. 

November is National Hospice Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice care offers. One of the most important messages to help people understand hospice care: it helps patients and families focus on living. 

The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family. KishHealth System Hospice’s bereavement programs not only offer grief support to hospice families, but to the community as well.  

Hospice is covered by Medicare and Medicaid in most states, and by most insurance plans and HMOs. Hospice care is provided in the home, as well as at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and long-term care centers. 

Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness. Hospice professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what’s important, and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority. 

If you or a loved one is facing a life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice care is now. 

Karen Hagen, RN

Executive Director

KishHealth System Hospice

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