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Hospice can let you live each day to the fullest

Where can you find help when you are or someone you love is in the last stages of a terminal illness, when the options for a cure have run out?

Fortunately, hospice is available in our community with a team of professionals and volunteers ready to help just when you need it most.

Some are hesitant to choose Hospice because they think it means "death" or "giving up." In fact, hospice focuses on life -- helping the patient and family to live each day the best that they can. Statistics have shown that patients who choose hospice care live longer than they would have without hospice. With the care that hospice provides, some patients improve to the point that they are dismissed from hospice.

So who is hospice? Hospice is a team made up of your physician, medical director, nurses, social worker, clergy, aide, therapists and volunteers.

Team members visit you where you are, whether it be in your home, nursing home or assisted-living center. The team coordinates with you and your family to develop a plan of care that meets your needs, focusing on pain and other symptoms that might exist, physical care, and emotional, social and spiritual issues.

Hospice pays for any medical supplies and medical equipment such as a hospital bed, wheelchair and oxygen that is related to the terminal illness. Hospice pays for medications to treat symptoms related to the terminal illness. Medications are ordered by your doctor and can be obtained from your local pharmacy.

Hospice stays in touch with the family for grief support for 15 months

Hospice is a benefit of Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances. Hospice provides care regardless of insurance coverage.

Hospice at HaysMed provides services in Ellis, Rooks, Rush and Russell counties and has been in existence for more than 30 years.

Sue Noll is supervisor of Hospice at HaysMed and a contributor to The Hays Daily News Generations advisory group.