Each year, the second Saturday of October marks World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. When faced with a life-limiting illness and hearing, “Nothing can be done,” hospice can help.
“May you live every day of your life.” —Jonathan Swift
Hospice care is often associated with finality: the realization that someone’s battle with illness will soon be lost. Although most people associate hospice with specialized care for those with life-limiting diseases or conditions, many have little understanding about how it actually works—and who all it serves.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time when hospice organizations around the country work to raise awareness about caring for those dealing with serious and life-limiting illnesses. That makes this month a good time to learn more about hospice—and to begin considering your own wishes for end-of-life care—long before a medical crisis occurs.