The Parrish Nurse
Hope for 2021
We have gotten used to new words: PPE, social distancing, covid, asymptomatic, etc; And we have all been
praying for a return to normal and for a major reduction in the number of people affected by and
succumbing to the Covid virus. Now our hopes have been bolstered by the fact that the drug companies
have fast tracked a vaccine to help fight this virus. The vaccine is going first to those most vulnerable, the
elderly in long term care, and to those who are fighting the virus on the front line in health care settings.
Until we are able to receive this vaccine, we need to continue to do the 3 W’s:
1. Watch your distancing
2. Wash your hands often
3. Wear your face mask
When we care for others and ourself, we're fulfilling Jesus command to 'love one another'. -Mark 12:31
Health & Wellness
HOW HOSPICE HELPS PATIENTS and FAMILIES
Hospice is a specialized care option for patients facing a life-limiting illness from conditions like COPD, heart disease, and dementia. When they receive hospice care early on, they experience less depression, and can improve mentally, emotionally, and physically. In fact, patients under earlier hospice care may live 25% longer due to better management of symptoms by a team of doctors, nurses, aides, volunteers, social workers, grief counselors, and chaplains united around one special person... their patient.
Choosing hospice benefits the patient and family more by the patient participating in all planning and decisions in pain and symptom management; reduced hospitalizations. Advance directives can be prepared to avoid difficult decisions later.
In addition to gaining comfort, independence and quality of life, patients and families with hospice care also receive: physical, emotional and spiritual support...
A nurse who coordinates the patients care; training needed to properly care for a loved one; medications; medical equipment such as electric beds, walkers, and wheelchairs; a nursing assistant to provide personal care such as bathing; disposable supplies such as gloves, adult briefs and wound-care kits; bereavement care and grief support.
Hospice services are provided in the comfort of your home, assisted living facility, hospital or nursing facility, and are covered by Medicare and most private insurances. Ask your doctor if or when hospice may be able to help you.