Hospice an integral community resource

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To the editor:
My mother was very ill with heart failure and in the hospital. She wanted to go home. Her doctor said she could with Hospice care. This was the first I had heard of Hospice.
Their efficiency (combined with sensitivity and compassion) was so welcome at a confusing time in my family’s life. Hospice care combined the highest level of quality care with emotional and spiritual support.
Trained volunteers are essential members of the care team. There are more than 1,000 volunteers in 32 counties served by Hospice of the Bluegrass, as well as more than 458,000 volunteers throughout the country bringing comfort, love and respect to those in need.
After my mother’s death, I wanted to be part of this caring team. When I arrive at someone’s home to provide care and offer respite, I feel good that I’m making time for others.
I have met wonderful families that I would not have been privileged to know. We can share stories and laughter at a time when those things are not always easy to find.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, an important time to help others understand the important resource in our community. It’s never too early for a family to learn about the services hospice can provide. If I had known about Hospice care earlier, my mother and family would have benefited even more from their services.
More information is available by calling 502-223-1744 or at www.hospicebg.org.
Opal Phillips