Bluegrass Care Navigators℠ and other programs across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care. Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.4 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospices in this country,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

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.

Hospice and palliative care combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.

As one hospice volunteer put it, “Someone asked why I spend time volunteering for hospice. It’s because hospice was there for my family at a difficult time in our lives, and because hospice staff provide the best care possible when you need it most. Why do I volunteer for hospice? It’s about how you live!”

Throughout the month of November, Bluegrass Care Navigators℠ will join organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.