As we are approaching November, it is time to recognize that November is National Hospice Month.
Hospice care is considered to be the model for quality and compassionate end-of-life treatment. Hospice involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, emotional, spiritual, and bereavement support expressly tailored to the patient’s wishes. Emotional and spiritual support is also extended to the family and loved ones.
Hospice care is provided in the patient’s home, a nursing facility, or an adult foster care home such as Omega House. Nurses, aides, social workers and other health care professionals who specialize in hospice care work closely to address all the symptoms of the terminal illness, with the aim of promoting comfort and dignity. Emotional, spiritual, and bereavement support is also extended to families for thirteen months after the death of their loved one.
Please join UP Health System Portage Hospice in honoring hospice patients with their annual Bells for Hospice on Wednesday, November 1st at 3 PM at The Bluffs in Houghton. Bells on the Bay Hand-Bell Choir will perform and assist with the ringing of a single bell following the reading of each name. For more information or to have your loved one’s name read, please contact the Bereavement Coordinator for UP Health System Portage at (906) 483-1160.