Guest column: Local hospice care provides comfort, dignity and respect

By Laura Scherer, Guest Columnist

No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s Unity Family Home Care and Hospice.

November is National Hospice and Home Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice and home care provide.

One of the most important messages to help people understand is that hospice and home care helps patients and families focus on living, it is about what “can” be done.

The hospice and home care team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice and home care team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.

Hospice and home care are covered by Medicare, Medicaid in Minnesota, and by most insurance plans and HMOs. Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and long-term care centers. Home care is provided in the home, assisted living facilities and board and care homes.

Hospice and home care are available to people of all ages, with any illness. Hospice and home care professionals and trained hospice volunteers will ask you what’s important and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority.

If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now.

If you or a loved one is having surgery, falls, wound care, or concerns regarding medication and disease process home care can help find resources for you.

Call Unity Family Home Care and Hospice, a department of St. Gabriel’s Hospital, for more information at (320) 631-5575 or email laurascherer@catholichealth.net.

Laura Scherer, RN, is a nationally-board certified hospice and palliatiave care nurse and director of Unity Family Home Care and Hospice.

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