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Cedar Valley Hospice marks national hospice & palliative care month

November 12, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country, including Cedar Valley Hospice, are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with a life-limiting illness.

This year's campaign slogan is, It's about how you live, which focuses on how hospice and palliative care can actually empower people to live their lives as they choose, and, 1) Be at home with loved ones; 2) Be pain-controlled; and 3) Be cared for with dignity and respect, even when a cure is not possible.

Hospice is not a place. 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.

For Bobby Williams of Waterloo, Cedar Valley Hospice gave him "his life back." Originally, Bobby didn't really know what hospice was and the word "hospice" scared him. However, the pain associated with his lung cancer was so bad, he wanted to die.

He knew he was tired of hurting but didn't know what to do. He longed to be in the midst of everything with his family - to sit around with them and enjoy himself rather than lying in another room.

Once Bobby took the advice of a friend and called Cedar Valley Hospice, his condition began to change. Within hours, he was no longer in pain, which also helped him relax. Before long, he felt up to accepting a visitor - his best friend. The two carried on like old times, so much their laughter could be heard down the hall of the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.

"Hospice care really opened my eyes to something I didn't know about. I'm forever grateful to Cedar Valley Hospice and its staff," said Bobby.

Don't shy away from making a phone call that could change your loved one's lives. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care and case management with the emotional and spiritual support for the entire family. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.

During the month of November, we ask that you spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors about how reaching out to Cedar Valley Hospice can benefit the entire family.

For more information, call 800.617.1972 or visit cvhospice.org.

 
 

 

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