The vast majority of West Virginians want to die at home, but most people lack the community resources to help with that process or are unaware of palliative care options close to home.
The holiday season is upon us and it is a very special opportunity to celebrate the life of loved ones. You can remember loved ones who have passed away or honor those living and those who are suffering illnesses. West Virginia Caring’s annual Light up A Life event begins now and continues through the end of the year.
The WV Caring Staff, Elkins High School staff and students, Elkins Police and Mayor came together to honor a wish for Austin Van Pelt, an 18 year-old patient of ours. Austin wanted to ride a bus to Elkins High School to visit some of his former classmates; but it did not stop there. The Bat Signal came on and Batman drove in his Batmobile from Huntington, WV’s Gotham City, to see Austin and lead a Hope Rally with the entire student body and to help raise funds for Austin’s family.
Americans are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Yet inevitably – 100% of us will die, and the clear majority will experience debilitating advanced illness for which curative treatment is no longer effective.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and I encourage fellow West Virginians to be more aware of the innovative and compassionate end-of-life care available throughout the Mountain State.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Advanced illness organizations nationwide are reaching out to raise awareness about these often-misunderstood benefits which are covered by Medicare Part A and most commercial insurance plans.
Caregiving is not an easy task whether it is paid or unpaid. It can take its toll on people responsible for the day to day living of older adults, those with limited mobility or impairment and seniors nearing end of life. In the US, there are over 39 million caregivers. Emotional and physical burdens affect caregivers which is why it is important to find support when you are looking after a senior. If you are not functioning properly physically and mentally, you will also be limited and ineffective in taking care of the elderly.
Studies suggest that specific interventions for caregivers are crucial to ensure that they are effective in carrying out their duties to elderly persons. Fortunately, there are several resources available for caregivers such as associations that help in funding senior care, support programs and training as well as logistics planning in the form of meals, transportation or home modifications. You can also tap educational resources to keep abreast of what is happening in senior or hospice care. Detailed resources for caregivers are explained in this article.
As the number of senior drivers increase, many families are concerned about the safety of their loved ones and those surrounding them on the roads and in the community.
Hospice Care Corporation recently signed a Joint Operating Agreement with its longtime collaborative partner, Capital Caring of the Maryland, Virginia and DC region. This exciting development formalizes a collaboration that has been occurring for nearly 10 years and will enhance direct patient care programs, expand training opportunities for employees of HCC and Capital Caring, and will create administrative efficiencies between our organizations.
“Our concern is for the moms and dads who rely on the services we provide,” said Ms. Malene Davis, President and CEO of Capital Caring and Founding President of HCC. “We are thrilled to work more closely with Capital Caring to make sure our patients receive the same world-class services and programs available for our patients.”
This partnership is particularly important for Davis, whose hospice career began in 1988, when she became the first employee of HCC. In 2006, she joined Capital Caring as President and CEO and established the informal partnership that has existed ever since. As a proud West Virginia native and dedicated West Virginia University alum, this partnership is a special homecoming for her. “I could not be more proud of the achievements made by Capital Caring and Hospice Care Corporation,” she recently said. “This partnership simply gives us greater opportunities to care for more people at a critical point in their lives. And that’s what hospice services are all about – caring for those who are least able to care for themselves.”
To read more about the Joint Operating Agreement, click here.
Senator Joe Manchin III encourages West Virginians to learn about hospice in this new PSA that will be broadcast around the state.
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