November is National Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Home health care is medical care that helps patients recover from surgery, illness, injury or complications from a chronic condition in the comfort of home. It gives people the ability to recuperate in the place they feel most comfortable while receiving the treatment and assistance needed from skilled health care professionals. This can include wound care, medication management, physical therapy and occupational therapy, to name a few examples.
When someone has an advanced illness, palliative care helps to provide relief from symptoms and stress. It also helps people better understand and navigate their illness with conversations around health care choices and personal goals. Palliative care can be utilized as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with other treatments and services.
When a person facing a terminal illness chooses to stop curative treatment, hospice is available to provide physical, emotional and spiritual comfort to the patient and family. It allows a person to spend their final months wherever they call home and surrounded by their loved ones. The hospice team helps craft a plan of care that centers on the patient’s goals and wishes. Support is also provided to the patient’s family as they deal with the practical details and emotional challenges of end of life care.
Personal care services are also available to the community to assist with daily tasks such as bathing, grooming, light housekeeping and meal preparation. These services help people to continue to live in their homes independently.
“If you feel our services might be of benefit to you or a loved one, I encourage you call us for further information and guidance,” says Culhane. “We can answer questions about the referral process, cost, frequency of visits and more.”
Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice can be reached at 603-526-4077. Additional information can be found at LakeSunapeeVNA.org.