More than 1.5 million people get help from hospice and palliative care providers each year. The philosophy is all about improving quality of life so patients can focus on living as fully as possible in spite of illness. Leaving a legacy by creating ethical wills and completing life closure work is just one benefit hospice care offers patients and their families.
“As a community leader and one of the top 10 hospice organizations in the country, Hospice of the Western Reserve’s non-profit status enables us to support patient services that are not reimbursable,”
The agency also offers a pediatric palliative care program serving children with life-threatening or chronic diagnosis. The program eases children’s pain, fulfills their desires and tends to their comfort.
“Caring for Veterans is another focus,” Finn said. “We have a Peaceful & Proud program that provides our staff and volunteers training in post-traumatic stress disorder, issues such as anxiety and substance abuse. The program honors Veterans for their service, while helping them with ethical wills, storytelling and counseling.”
Many are unaware of the scope of services offered, or that hospice care can improve quality of life for months, rather than just weeks. For more information on National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, services available or ethical wills, visit hospicewr.org/
About Us: Hospice of the Western Reserve is a community-based, non-profit agency providing comfort and emotional support to patients and their families. The agency cares for people in a variety of settings including the home, hospital, long-term care facility, at David Simpson Hospice House overlooking Lake Erie or at its inpatient Hospice Care Center in Olmsted Township. Opening soon will be the Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake. For more information, visit hospicewr.org or call 800.707.8922.