Hospice of the Western Reserve partners with worldwide education initiative for Voices for Hospice

October 9 is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. For the fifth time, Hospice of the Western Reserve is helping to educate underserved populations about hospice and palliative care in conjunction with this international initiative.

During world Hospice and Palliative Care Day, people from around the world plan and participate in Voices for Hospice – events dedicated to increasing access and understanding of hospice and palliative care. This year, the focus of these events is “Sharing the Care” and how local healthcare providers and individual hospices work as a team to provide the necessary care to those facing a serious illness and their families.

Locally, Hospice of the Western Reserve will host Voices for Hospice on October 9 from 11:30 to 2, at McGregor Home at 14900 Private Drive in East Cleveland. This free luncheon will feature Keynote speaker A. Gus Kious, MD, President of Huron Hospital. The event is free and open to the public and reservations are recommended by visiting HospiceWR.org/voices or calling 216-916-5517.

During the event, hosted by Harvey Zay, Cleveland media personality, a Hospice of the Western Reserve volunteer will partner with the hospice team to share how each part of the care unit helps to ensure each patient and family receives a plan that is focused on their needs. Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell and Footprints will provide musical entertainment.

Internationally, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is dedicated to raising awareness about hospice and palliative care for those who don’t have access to hospice and palliative care.

Fortunately, in Northeast Ohio hospice and palliative care is available to anyone with a serious or terminal illness regardless of age, race, diagnosis or ability to pay. Hospice of the Western Reserve is dedicated to the belief that no one should die alone or in pain.

About Hospice of the Western Reserve:  Hospice of the Western Reserve is a community-based, non-profit agency providing comfort, care and emotional support to patients and their families, regardless of age, disease or ability to pay. Care is provided wherever the patient lives – in the home, hospital, assisted living/long-term care facility, or at Hospice House, our 42-bed residential facility overlooking Lake Erie. For more information visit www.hospicewr.org or call 800-707-8922.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 5:00 AM, 10.01.2010