Support group offers details on hospice services

Support group offers details on hospice services

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:01 pm

The Loving Hearts and Caring Hands support group for caregivers who have questions and concerns about a loved one depending on them in a time of need will meet 10-11 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church at 1422 Pleasant Valley Ave. in Union City.
Teri Prather, RN, will discuss hospice services available in this area. Hospice is available to patients diagnosed with a terminal illness who have six months or less to live, according to their phsycians. The help that is offered can be related to medical needs of the patients, as well as emotional and physical support for the family members caring for the loved one. Symptom control is also a part of the service and there is a spiritual component, as well.
Hospice services are covered by Medicare and most private insurance also includes hospice.
“The good thing is, medicines and equipment needed for the patient to keep them comfortable are part of the package, so those expenses are paid by Medicare,” according to Ms. Prather.
“Helping the patient and the family as they go through this journey to live a good quality of life with dignity is our goal,” she added.
For more information about hospice, call 884-8617.
The new support group, which meets every other month in the odd months on the third Thursday at 10 a.m. at the family life center of the church, is open to anyone with an adult in their home they are providing care for.
“We are teaming up with Baptist Memorial Hospital to do this and we are really an ‘information’ bureau so that families can be prepared,” Mrs. Harding says. “If caregivers have questions about what is available to assist them as they offer their own unique service and dedication to their loved one, we try to assist them. We can even help locate special equipment and we cover a variety of topics at our support group meetings. At Thursday’s session, we’ll be talking about the criteria for utilizing the services hospice has to offer.”
There is no limit on age of participants, nor is there limitation on the type of need, so long as assistance is being offered to an adult who has a chronic illness or disability that means they are in need of care.
In addition to a specific program with a knowledgeable speaker at each meeting, there is a time for discussing specific needs of those attending.
Programs on Alzheimers, available social programs, hospice and more are on the agenda.
For more information about the new group, call 885-5420 or 335-0227.

Published in The Messenger 11.16.11

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