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Free Hospice Education Session
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 • Posted September 7, 2011

The Wesley Nurse is proud to announce another free bilingual community event at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Mason, Thursday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. This program’s purpose is to help the public better understand hospice services. This event will offer participants an opportunity to get the most up-to-date information on the Medicare hospice benefit, the new crisis care program offered by VistaCare, palliative care & eligibility of those seeking hospice. The featured speakers are Julie Newman, RN, Community Education Representative with VistaCare Hospice & Diana Lilijedal, RN, also with VistaCare. Hospice is often a frightening word as it conjures a lot of misconceptions. In effect, hospice allows the patient & family to focus on quality of life & alleviating unnecessary symptoms, as well as, fears associated with dying. A multidisciplinary hospice team consists of a nurse, social worker, chaplain & others who will work with families to come up with individualized plans of care. Hospice provides medical, emotional, and spiritual support for patients and their families, as well as, provides resources the patient will need to express dying wishes to loved ones. The patients are allowed the opportunity to discuss symptoms and their goals for symptom relief. Refreshments will be provided at this event.

For further questions, call Ann Scarth, RN, Wesley Nurse at 325-347-5983.

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