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Hospice Care is about living, not dying!


Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 2:00 PM in Smoot Hall

During my years of ministry, I have encountered families seeking care for a loved one who would no longer benefit from traditional medical care. These families wanted the best of care for a beloved family member. I have never had any qualms about recommending that they check into hospice care where there is a doctor available and many of the costs of ongoing care are covered.

          During those years, hospice has changed a lot. It has expanded to include dimensions of care not typically thought of as hospice. These dimensions are levels of care for patients who need little care to those completely unable to care for themselves.

          I became aware of the tremendous growth of hospice recently when a good friend of mine who had dementia needed care and was no longer able to live at home. At that time, a new hospice facility opened in which dementia patients receive upscale care. It occurred to me as I was learning of all the possibilities of care for various groups of patients that our church members would like to know about them, as well.

          Stephen Ministry will host a presentation on the dimensions of hospice care in February during which Hospice of the Valley personnel will guide us through the scope of their services and care for the living, not the dying. After all, each breath we take is part of living regardless of our physical or mental abilities or disabilities.

          Please join us on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 2:00 PM in Smoot Hall to learn about all the opportunities for care available at home as well as within hospice facilities.  Learn the many ways in which hospice supports patients and families when hospice is appropriate and how Medicare and insurance companies cover the cost of that care. Supportive care for dementia is part of the scope of hospice care today. Also, MediCaring provides in-home supportive care for patients continuing ongoing medical care to improve the quality of life for those struggling with chronic illness. In-home care manages symptoms to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations.

          You are invited! Stephen Ministry welcomes you as we learn more to share with others each and every month! We hope you join us and bring a friend or neighbor who can benefit from hearing about hospice care today!

~Pastor Linda

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