United Way supports hospice

Community Hospice Care provides comprehensive family-oriented, physician-directed care for persons at the end of life. Compassionate care is provided without regard to the patient’s ability to pay. A core group of registered professional nurses, hospice care aides and office staff is supported by a dedicated group of volunteers, all committed to providing compassionate and quality care.

Many people believe hospice care is limited to people who are dying from cancer. Quite the opposite is true. Persons with life-limiting diseases such as chronic lung disease, advanced diabetes, kidney disease and congestive heart failure are just a few of those Community Hospice Care accepts as patients. Patients suffering from less commonly known diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) may benefit from early intervention with Community Hospice Care. The earlier a patient enters hospice care, the more he or she and the family will benefit. Pain and symptom management, emotional, spiritual and clinical care is available during one of the most difficult life situations one may encounter.

Community Hospice Care not only provides clinical care to patients, but also emotional and spiritual support to families. Bereavement support groups, classes and individual grief counseling are available. The annual children’s bereavement camp has provided countless children of all ages who have suffered a loss of any nature with the skills they need to cope and return to a sense of normalcy. Community Hospice Bereavement Services are made available in Tiffin, Fostoria, Willard and other surrounding communities. There is never a charge to attend these valuable sessions.

All of these efforts combine to provide the people of Seneca County and the surrounding area with dignified and compassionate care at their most vulnerable time. I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Community Hospice board of directors and the entire Community Hospice staff to assure these services continue to be available to those in need of our care.

Your contribution to our local United Way assures that the mission and service of Community Hospice Care will continue.

Paula J. Karr, RN, past president, board of directors,

Community Hospice Care