(Prince Frederick, MD) –Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients andfamilies to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limitingillness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlierin the course of a serious illness. November is National Hospice and PalliativeCare Month, and hospice and palliative care programs across the country arereaching out to help people understand all that hospice and palliative careoffer.

In recent months, a number of notable Americans have died. They include Senator John McCain, the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, and former first lady Barbara Bush. In many media reports, they were described as

having “given up” on curative care late in their lives. Ms. Franklin opted for hospice care; Mrs. Bush received what was described as “comfort care.”

“It is essential that people understand that hospice and palliative care is not giving up, it is not the abandonment of care, it is not reserved for the imminently dying,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Hospice is a successful model of person-centered care that brings hope, dignity and compassion when they are most needed. This is one reason that the nationalMy Hospice Campaignwas launched this year.”

Every year, nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices in this country, reports NHPCO. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their family caregivers when a cure is not possible.

Calvert Hospice has been serving patients and families in Calvert County since 1984. Throughout the month of November, we will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how beneficial hospice and palliative care can be. To learn more about Calvert Hospice, please visit our website atcalverthospice.orgor call 410-535-0892