November is National Hospice and Palliative Month
Since I worked in hospice for the last ten (10) years of my career, each year I like to promote it as the greatest gift you can give to your loved one and family when confronted with a terminal diagnosis.
Hospice is a special kind of care when all treatments have been exhausted for an individual with a terminal diagnosis. Hospice provides comfort care, usually in a home, and the unit of care is the family and patient. A doctor referral is needed to open a patient to hospice services.
Hospice programs also care for terminally ill patients in skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities (RCFE) and assisted living facilities. My two sisters-in-law, Marcia and Cindy, were in a RCFE, ten (10) years apart, and were cared for by my hospice program.
When a person with Huntington’s disease (HD) enters end stage, hospice can bring comfort and relief: HD is a rare, fatal, genetic brain disorder that has the symptoms of ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimers at the same time. There is no cure.
I’m a Huntington’s disease (HD) advocate, Chair for the HDSA San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, a blogger and an author. Visit my website and learn about HD: https://theresecrutchermarin.com