Letters to the Editor

Dickinson letter: Hospice and palliative care

No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with serious or life-limiting illnesses. It’s hospice and palliative care. November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, and I’m reaching out to help people understand the importance of planning for the care they would want if they were facing a serious or life-limiting illness. The best time to plan for the kind of care you or a loved one would want is before you are faced with a medical crisis. Because I work in hospice, one of the most frequent comments I hear from families is, “Why did we wait so long before calling?” Hospice provides expert care, keeping 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 a caregiver. If you or a loved one is facing a serious illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now.

Kandice Dickinson, Fruitland