Aging in Community-3R tackles difficult subject

 

What is hospice? What are the benefits of hospice? How does hospice work? How did hospice begin? When should someone think about using hospice?
 
Questions about hospice care abound. Since “hospice” is a relatively recent concept in the United States, first introduced in 1963 at Yale University by Dame Cicely Saunders from London, it is an idea that bears exploration. 
 
On Monday,  June 18, Aging in Community-Three Rivers is hosting a free round table conversation for those interested in deepening their understanding of this specialized care for terminally ill patients. The gathering will be held at St. Anthony Retreat Center, immediately following the weekly Monday Senior Lunch. 
 
The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the Mission Room and include professionals, volunteers, and family members who have experienced the benefits of hospice firsthand. The session will be facilitated by Janne Harlow, a local hospice nurse with over 20 years of experience in hospice practice. 
 
The conversation will present answers to the most frequently asked questions, and attendees are invited to participate in a nonjudgmental environment that allows richer understanding of how hospice works. Participants will learn how hospice enhances the quality of life at the end of life by providing compassionate, specialized care for patients who have chosen to suspend medical intervention while bringing comfort and support to their families. 
 
Resources and free materials from professional hospice organizations will be available for distribution. 
 
Register for this free event by contacting Grace Klassen, (559) 465-4666 or by emailing agingincommunity3r@gmail.com.

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