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Solari Hospice Care Celebrates National Hospice and Palliative Care Month
Published on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 (1:23 p.m.)Las Vegas, Nev. – Nov. 1, 2012 – To increase public understanding and awareness of care at the end of life, Solari Hospice Care joins with hospice and palliative care providers across the country in recognizing November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
Hospice and palliative care are different than traditional healthcare services. Hospices provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Palliative care makes these services available earlier in the course of an illness.
“We work hard all year ‘round to make sure people know the full range of benefits that Solari provides in the communities we serve,” says Gary W. Polsky, founder, president and CEO, Solari Hospice Care, which has provided hospice services in Clark County since 2002 and operates an inpatient hospice center at 5530 S. Jones Blvd. "Yet during November, we ramp up our efforts to spread the word about the high-quality care that’s available to people when facing a serious or life-limiting illness. Compassionate hospice caregivers truly live this year’s Hospice Month theme: Comfort, Love, Respect.”
Every year in the United States, approximately 1.6 million patients and families receive care from the nation’s various hospice programs. In addition, more than 468,000 trained volunteers contribute 22 million hours of service to hospice programs annually.
“Hospice is not brink-of-death care intended for the last days of life only,” stresses J. Donald Schumacher, Psy.D., president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Hospice care is most effective for patients and families in the final months of life when families can take full advantage of the range of services hospice provides.”
Solari’s hospice team – including physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, health aides, and spiritual coordinators – provides comprehensive and compassionate care that makes the wishes of each patient and family a priority. They answer questions, offer advice on what to expect, and help families cope with the duties of being a caregiver. The team also provides emotional and spiritual support, as well as bereavement counseling, for the entire family.
In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Solari will hold a “Celebration of Life” memorial service in Las Vegas. The event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the beautiful botanical gardens of the Springs Preserve, 333 W. Valley View Blvd. The service is open to the public.
“Life is so precious, especially as you near the end,” notes Polsky. “Delivering quality hospice and palliative care reaffirms our belief in the essential dignity of every person, regardless of age, health, or social status, and that every stage of human life deserves to be treated with the utmost respect and care. At Solari, patients live fully up until the final moments, surrounded and supported by the faces of loved ones, friends, and committed caregivers.”
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and by most insurance plans and HMOs. More information about hospice and palliative care is available from Solari Hospice Care at www.SolariHospice.com or from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Caring Connections website at www.CaringInfo.org.