The month of November is recognized as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to help raise awareness about the highest quality of care for all individuals coping with a life-limiting illness. The theme this year is "It's about how you live".
Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Rockbridge Area Hospice treats over 150 individuals each year ensuring that the patients and their families find dignity, respect and love during one of life's most difficult journey's.
Hospice is not a place. Rockbridge Area Hospice provides care to provide pain management, symptom control, psycho-social support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. This care is provided at their home, in a facility or even at the local hospital.
Throughout the month of November, Rockbridge Area Hospice will be joining other hospice and palliative care organizations across the nation in posting information on social media platforms and hosting activities that will help the local community understand how important hospice care truly can be.