There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. That resource is High Country Health Care Hospice, Watauga County’s only local hospice.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. It is the time we reach out to our community and raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice offers.
One of the most important messages to help people understand is that hospice care helps patients and families focus on living every day to the fullest.
The hospice team provides expert medical care to keep patients comfortable and able to enjoy time with loved ones. The hospice team answers questions, offers advice on what to expect, and helps families with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support for the entire family.
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and by most insurance plans and HMOs. Hospice care is provided in the home, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and long term care centers.
Hospice care is available to people of all ages, with any illness. Hospice professionals and trained volunteers will ask you what’s important and listen to what you say. They make your wishes a priority.
If you or a loved one is facing a serious or life-limiting illness, the time to find out more about hospice and palliative care is right now.
For more information about Hospice services, please contact us at 828-265-3926.
Mary Fran Knight
High Country Health Care Hospice