Sharon S. Richardson Hospice marks National Hospice Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a lifelimiting 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. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

Sheboygan County is seeing an increase in the utilization of hospice services.

The Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice has served nearly 500 families this year.

Most families are opting for Sharon Richardson’s home hospice program, which allows the patient to receive skilled nursing care, supplies, medications, and volunteer support and more in their own homes, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities.

Additionally, Sheboygan County is fortunate to have the Sharon S. Richardson Community

Hospice center, located in Sheboygan Falls, which provides inpatient level care and respite care for patients who may need special attention for a short time.

Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life.

Through this specialized quality care, many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.

Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

“By far and away, the most frequent comment by families served by the Hospice is ‘why didn’t we come here sooner?’” As Steve Meyer, a Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice board member said. “The hospice takes the anxiety and pressure off the caregivers and families and allows them to make more quality memories with their loved one.

“Instead of having to worry about keeping a record of medications taken and sterilizing wounds, the family can simply be with their loved one making the most of their time with them,” he said.

Throughout the month of November, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice by calling (920) 467-1800 or visiting www.ssrhospicehome.org

Stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.


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