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State Senators French and Giuda to attend Meet Your Representative Event Hosted by Franklin VNA & Hospice
Franklin –Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. It can be in a person’s home or that of a loved one, even in a long term care facility, wherever you call home. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness, while they may still be seeking curative treatment and continues on throughout Hospice. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to help people understand all that hospice and palliative care offer.
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 national My Hospice Campaign was launched this year.
Every year, nearly 1.5 million people with Medicare receive care from hospices in this country, reports NHPCO. Others receive it through private insurance benefits. 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. This support can be critical in allowing people to stay in their homes at the end of their life.
Michael Morin, whose wife was on Hospice with Franklin VNA & Hospice, writes in a recent letter, “A thousand thank yous and that doesn’t suffice to express the gratitude that I feel. I thank you all for the wonderful, compassionate and professional treatment and comfort that you provided to my wife and I.”
Throughout the month of November, Franklin VNA & Hospice will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be. Elaine Cartier, Hospice Director at the Franklin VNA & Hospice says, “So many people are afraid of the word Hospice. They think it means laying down and giving up. What we want people to understand is that Hospice is care centered on the needs of the person and their loved ones. It is about living your best life when matters the most.”
More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from Franklin VNA & Hospice or from NHPCO’s CaringInfo.org.
Franklin – Possibly the world’s most well-known guitarist, Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards says, “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions.” This November 10th from 1-3pm the Franklin VNA & Hospice is inviting everyone to experience those emotions at their annual Gathering of Music. The event is free, but all donations go to support their Hospice program, a service in which music can provide comfort and healing to the dying and their loved ones.
Hospice Director Elaine Cartier says, “Whether a volunteer sings, plays an instrument or simply hits the play button on a music station, we try to bring music into the lives of our Hospice patients.”
And not only music, the hospice program provides a whole person and whole care team approach to help those with terminal illnesses find peace before dying where they want, the place they live. To support this work the Gathering of Music is held each year to collect donations from those who attend this musical experience.
This year the Franklin Elks Lodge #1280 has shown its support for this important mission by donating their new space at 125 S. Main Street, Franklin for the event itself.
Elks member Colleen Conway, knew the importance of Hospice and loved the idea of a musical celebration to raise awareness about Hospice and funds for the program.
“The journey of Hospice can be so powerful and often people don’t have ways to express its meaningfulness. Music is another way we experience strong feelings without words. The goal of awareness raising is to help others feel the passion that Franklin VNA & Hospice feels for Hospice and inspire others to give to help support that passion. We are proud to be a part of that!”
This November 10th, 1pm -3pm join them at the Franklin Elks Lodge 125 S. Main Street, Franklin to feel some of that passion. As Keith Richards notes, “If it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.”
Franklin VNA & Hospice is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1945 to serve the Home Health care needs of the community. They provide home care, Hospice, clinic and community education services to Andover, Belmont, Boscawen, Canterbury, Franklin, Hill, Northfield, Sanbornton, Salisbury, Tilton, Webster and surrounding towns, as requested. For more information on services, donations, sponsoring a Memorial Brick or partnering with them for a stronger level of support for the Teuscher- Wilson Hospice Garden, call Franklin VNA & Hospice at (603)934-3454 or visit www.FranklinVNA.org.