Hospice=Love in Action November 06 2014, 0 Comments

I see it every day through my involvement with hospice. Wonderful men and women, doctors, nurses, CNAs, chaplains and support staff doing their jobs that they have a calling for, but even more than that, they are filled with compassion and love for their patients and the patients’ families. Working in the hospice environment offers patients and families support medically, emotionally, spiritually and socially, and is extremely rewarding as they care for people in their last chapters here on Earth. It means so much for the patients and their families to have wonderful care and guidance during what can be the most challenging and emotional time of their lives.

November is National Hospice Month, and this year’s theme is Love in Action, which is exactly what each person who works with hospice embodies. But it’s also a time for us to put our love into action. If you’ve been in a situation where a loved one has needed hospice care, consider showing your support and appreciation for the wonderful folks who give themselves every day. Take in some special baked goods, or send a card, as a token of your appreciation. You can also speak up to elected officials and ask them to help support hospice through the National Association for Home Care & Hospice Legal Action Network.

Even more importantly, Hospice Month is a great time to educate people on the importance of advance care planning. End of life care is something that is hard for us to think about, but if anything were to happen to you, such as an accident or a serious illness, would your loved ones know your wishes?

Creating an end of life plan is more than just signing a few papers. It is a process that includes communicating your wishes, deciding what kind of care you want and documenting your wishes through a living will and a health care power of attorney. And you need to do it NOW, when you are happy and healthy, long before the crisis hits. A group of hospitals and hospice agencies in North Carolina have teamed up to help make this process simpler. Visit Got Plans? to see just how simple it is to create your end of life plan, and start the discussion today. It will help give you and your loved ones peace of mind knowing your wishes will be honored. And peace of mind is something we all could use more of!

Happy Hospice Month! And remember, a portion of the proceeds of Go Free Pants go to support hospice and cancer research. So shop Go Free, and support hospice at the same time!