November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to recognize how hospice and palliative care helps patients and families in Amarillo and the Panhandle. This month Hospice Care of the Southwest wants to help everyone understand the importance of the care that hospice provides for our patients. Hospice can help all families regardless of age, location or diagnosis.

While most people want to die at home surrounded by loved ones, more than 63 percent die in hospitals and other facilities. Though hospice now serves more families than ever, only 43.6 percent of patients receive hospice care and often then not until the last week of life. That’s not soon enough for families coping with the end of life. So much more could be done.

National Hospice Month also serves as a reminder that while there are many ways to cope with the end of life, hospice provides the most opportunities to live life fully. Researchers have found that patients receiving hospice care reported a higher quality of life through the final course of their illness.

Hospice Care of the Southwest wants people to understand that help is available. That’s why National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is so close to our hearts after decades of observance. November is a great time to educate and inform communities.

We would like to dispel the inaccurate perception that hospice means you’ve given up when it’s really about living life to the fullest. Hospice and palliative care allow patients and their families to focus on what’s most important. Living life and creating memories that can be cherished despite an advanced illness.

Hospice Care of the Southwest provides expert pain management, symptom control, social support and spiritual care to patients and their loved ones. The team at Hospice Care of the Southwest answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid in most states, and by most insurance plans. Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and long term care centers.

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

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