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Your Views: Visiting nurse association is great resource on death, dying

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November 10, 2013

No one likes to think about death and dying, but everyone faces these eventually. An incredible resource in our community provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with serious or life-limiting illnesses. It's Aurora Visiting Nurse Association.

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, a time to reach out to our community to raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care offer.

One of the most important messages to help people understand is that hospice care and palliative care help patients and families focus on living.

The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps families with the duties of being caregivers. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid in most states, and by most insurance plans and HMOs. Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care centers.

Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness. Hospice professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what's important and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority.

If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now.

JEANNE McDONALD RN, MSN

Hospice and Palliative Care manager

Aurora Visiting Nurse Association, Burlington



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