November is National Hospice Month
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the professionals and volunteers who provide care to patients and families coping with life-limiting illness. It also provides an opportunity to have important discussions with loved ones.
Hospice is a way to deal realistically and humanely with one of the great challenges of human life, and offers new perspectives to patients, families and caregivers. Hospice serves patients with a terminal illness who have chosen to shift the focus of care from cure to comfort. A terminal illness is one that if left to follow its natural course would lead to a life expectancy of six months or less. Hospice neither hastens nor prolongs death, but allows nature to take its course.
Northern Arizona Hospice care emphasizes the quality of remaining life and allows patients to remain at home, in familiar surroundings, while receiving expert healthcare including symptom management. Hospice focuses on the patient’s comfort while supporting the efforts of their family and friends.
Northern Arizona Hospice has been serving Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, and the greater Verde Valley areas, as the only not-for-profit hospice organization, since 1984. For more information, please call 639-6676 or visit the Northern Arizona Hospice website.