Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Four Seasons Compassion for Life marks the occasion by offering free advance care seminars to address the highest quality of compassionate care for those with serious life-limiting illness

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and the nation’s leading health care organizations, like Four Seasons Compassion for Life,  are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for people coping with life-limiting or terminal illness through a free informative program, “Decide for Yourself: Legal Tools for Medical Decisions.”

Led by professionals and offered at three separate times and locations, the program identifies the tools and their uses to help each individual make the decisions and take the actions needed to ensure their wishes are respected and legally binding. The free program will be offered at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 Washington Street, on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 5-7 p.m.;  at the First Methodist Church, 204 6th Avenue West, on Thursday, Nov. 11, from noon-2 p.m.; and at Pardee Care Center in the Blue Ridge Mall on Monday, Nov. 17, 1-3 p.m.

Legal forms to assist with planning for advanced care will be available for participants to take home or execute. Advanced care planning makes it possible for an individual’s wishes to be honored in the case of an accident or debilitating illness “Four Seasons is proud to have served our community for 35 years, helping tens of thousands of patients and families,” says Chrix Comeaux, CEO of Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

“Our focus remains on helping each individual live his or her life to the fullest and with dignity, despite the illness,” he says. Four Seasons Compassion for Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a dedicated team of health care professionals, social workers, spiritual care professionals and volunteers deeply committed to its mission of “Co-Creating the Care Experience.” Nationally known for its leadership in innovative, quality hospice and palliative care services, Four Seasons is a former Circle of Life award recipient from the American Medical Association. For more information about the free program, “Decide for Yourself: Legal Tools for Medical Decisions,” on Nov. 6, 11, and 17, or other Four Seasons programs or support, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org.

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