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Bluegrass Care Navigators Recognizes National Hospice and Palliative Care Month by Raising Awareness about Hospice Benefits

In recognition of National Hospice Month and Palliative Care Month, Bluegrass Care Navigators is raising awareness about the benefits of hospice and palliative care, and encouraging families to share their personal stories on social media.

“Families who have experienced hospice care frequently say they wish they had called us sooner,” said Liz Fowler, CEO of Bluegrass Care Navigators. “By learning more about the benefits of hospice care, we hope that families who have a loved one experiencing a serious illness can better understand how hospice can support them.”

Hospice care is holistic medical care for individuals who are no longer seeking curative treatments for an illness or disease, and instead choose to focus on care to improve comfort and quality of life. Hospice care is provided by a team of caregivers including a physician, nurse, nursing assistant, social worker, chaplain, and volunteers. This personal team of caregivers starts by understanding what is most important to the patient and family, then works to manage pain, assist with daily activities, manage medications and equipment, provide emotional and spiritual support, and give respite support to caregivers.

Hospice care is often misunderstood. It is important to know that:
- Hospice is for weeks and months of life, not just days or hours.
- Hospice is for patients with any serious illness, not just cancer.
- Hospice can keep patients comfortable with pain management.
- Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies.
- Hospice is able to provide many medications, supplies and equipment.
- Hospice is provided wherever home is, including private homes, nursing homes, assisted          living facilities and hospitals.
- Hospice is able to include your doctors and does not replace them.
- Hospice is for families who want to create memories together when time may be short.
- Hospice care includes doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, home care aids and                  volunteers.

For more information about Bluegrass Care Navigators and our services, call 855.492.0812 or visit www.bgcarenav.org.

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