November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, making it the perfect time to learn how hospice and palliative care may benefit you or a loved one when faced with serious illness.
Like most hospice providers throughout the country, Niagara Hospice faces several challenges in providing end-of-life care to all who need it. Late referrals continue to be an issue, as evidenced by many families stating, "We wish we knew about hospice sooner," either to bereavement staff or on family satisfaction surveys. As a result, most patients realize only a little more than 10 percent of the hospice benefit in terms of time - receiving care for just 25 days.
Hospice and palliative care are often misunderstood areas when looking for appropriate health care options for yourself or a loved one. As a community service, Niagara Hospice will hold a second "Join the Conversation" event to shed light on these health care options and educate participants on the choices available to them.
Dr. Sarina Bax DeBiaso, Niagara Hospice's assistant medical director, will speak with the community at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. She holds board certification in both hospice and palliative medicine and general surgery. Bax DeBiaso will be on hand to answer questions guests may have on hospice or palliative care.
"The time to learn about hospice and palliative care is before you or a loved one needs it. I look forward to sharing the array of services that hospice care provides," Dr. Bax DeBiaso said. "In addition, there will be an open discussion to address common concerns - like how to keep loved ones at home - pain and symptom management, and caregiver relief."
"Join the Conversation" will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the Lewiston Public Library at 305 S. Eighth St. The event is free and open to the public. A boxed lunch will be provided. Reservations must be made by noon on Monday, Oct. 31. Call 280-0742.
For more information on Niagara Hospice, call 439-4417, or visit www.NiagaraHospice.org.