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Clarice Otminski, Director of PR & Community Marketing
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Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life

PeaceBridgePurple.jpgHospice Buffalo Makes More Meaningful Moments Possible

(Cheektowaga, New York) – November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness. In honor of this month and to raise awareness, Hospice Buffalo will be lighting the Peace Bridge purple on November 1st and 30th.

Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together. Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Learn more! Throughout the month of November, Hospice Buffalo’s Outreach and Education Teams will be raising awareness and educating our community about the importance of hospice and palliative care.  If you would like Hospice Buffalo to speak to your organization, please call Clarice Otminski at (716) 989-2072 or email cotminski@palliativecare.org.  More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is also available at hospicebuffalo.com. Call (716) 686-8000 for a no-cost, confidential, in-home consultation.

Personal end-of-life journeys will be featured in the November issues of Buffalo Healthy Living, The Bee Group’s “Health,” the weekly Cheektowaga Courier Newspapers, or read them online: More Meaningful Moments.

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The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care is one of the nation’s largest hospice and palliative (comfort) care programs, and serves more than 500 patients a day in homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and the Mary & Ralph Wilson, Jr. Hospice Inpatient Unit in Cheektowaga. Hospice Buffalo serves individuals with serious illness and their families and caregivers through a continuum of care spanning the course of illness and bereavement. Hospice Buffalo helps patients make choices about their care, supports those who are grieving, and educates the professional and lay communities on end-of-life issues.