SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 24, 2012

Letter: Hospice is there for families


The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

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 VNA Care Network & Hospice at 5 Federal St., Danvers.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about this compassionate care.

One of the most important messages to help people understand is that hospice helps patients and families focus on living.

The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice 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 is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans and HMOs. Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and our hospice residences in Cambridge, Needham, and Worcester.

Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness. Hospice professionals and trained 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. People can receive a free copy of the guide “Choosing Hospice” by contacting VNA Care Network & Hospice at 800-728-1862 or info@vnacarenetwork.org.

Pat Kennedy, RN

Director of hospice

VNA Care Network

Danvers