Hospice Care Becoming More Accepted

Hospice Care is a service for individuals with a serious illness or disease who are nearing the end of life’s journey. Hospice can be provided in homes, nursing homes, long term care facilities or hospitals. According to Ann Aksamit, Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Hospice and Home Care Manager, people seem to be more comfortable now with the idea of hospice care.

Aksamit explains one of the biggest misconceptions about hospice.

Aksamit said that those providing hospice care strive to not only help cope with physical symptoms, but emotional and spiritual as well for the patients and their families. Essentially, hospice sets out to enhance the quality of life that remains. November is National Home Care and Hospice Recognition month which brings attention to the millions of workers who make a difference in the lives of their patients and families.