November is National Hospice Month 2017-11-02T16:58:30+00:00

Hospice and palliative care empowers people facing a serious or life-limiting illness to live as fully as possible, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones. At Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/HFK), we believe that everyone deserves comfort, care and compassion.

Through pain management and symptom control, caregiver training and assistance, and emotional and spiritual support, VNA/HFK provides quality of life at the end of life — allowing patients to live fully and make more meaningful moments until the end, surrounded and supported by the faces of loved ones, friends and committed caregivers.

During National Hospice Month, VNA/HFK encourages members of the community to learn more about hospice as an important option before an individual or their loved ones are faced with a medical crisis. Haven is an advocate and educator about advanced care planning to help individuals make decisions about the healthcare they would want to receive should they have a serious or life-limiting illness or if they were unable to speak for themselves.

Did you know?

According to the NHPCO website…

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of St. Christopher’s Hospice in London, widely recognized as the first modern day hospice organization, and the 35th anniversary of the Medicare hospice benefit in the United Sates

Every year more than 1.5 million Americans living with life-limiting illness, and their families, received care from the nation’s hospice programs in communities throughout the United States, yet more than 40 percent of Medicare beneficiaries received care for 14 days or less, considered too short a time to fully benefit from the range of services that hospice offers

Each year, hospice saves Medicare more than $2 billion by providing solutions for physicians, care to patients and comfort to families.