Hospice Month proclaimed


BUCKHANNON — The City of Buckhannon and Mayor David McCauley proclaimed November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month on Tuesday morning in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Hospice is end-of-life care tailored to ensure the best possible journey for the patient and their loved ones. 

Hospice is passionately committed to making healthcare better every day by leading the industry in clinical excellence and service quality. Hospice is also known for being community-minded, and empowering clinicians and staff to embrace the communities of service, because they believe the best care happens in the context of strong relationships.

Account Executive Tom Bailey stated, “Hospice can go on for any length of time. As long as the patient is showing the necessary decline, we have had clients on hospice care for three years.” Hospice care provides humane and comforting support for terminally ill patients and their families, including pain control, palliative medical care, and social, emotional and spiritual services.

Hospice allows patients to feel comfortable in familiar surroundings while fulfilling basic human needs and attaining physical and emotional peace during the last stage of life. There is a need to increase public discussion about advances in pain control and the care options available to individuals of all ages, races and backgrounds who have come to the final stage of their life. 

WV Hospice has joined the Hospice Association of America with an estimated 3,800 hospice providers in declaring November 2019 as National Hospice Month and are calling on all Americans to observe the occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor what hospice does in such a kind and gentle manner. 

The community is grateful to have such a wonderful organization here in Upshur County to serve those who are terminally ill. A big thank you to Medical Social Worker Stephanie Lane, Licensed Social Worker and Bereavement/Volunteer Coordinator LouEllen Blake, and Account Executive Tom Bailey for coming out Tuesday morning for the reading of the proclamation by Mayor McCauley. The work they do is truly selfless and honorable.

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