Glen Ellyn, Illinois – January 12, 2016 – In the spirit of the holiday season, Harbor Light Hospice made the decision to improve its community outreach by sponsoring a local family in need. The Dalton Georgia hospice has firm roots in the community and believes that sponsoring a local family in need will illustrate that hospice care providers are a contributing part of local communities much like police officers or fire firefighters.
Hospice care is a specialized form of medical care in the U.S. that is offered to patients who have been given a terminal diagnosis and have an estimated six months or less left to live. Because hospice cares for the terminally ill, it is often shunned by local communities who may not want to openly acknowledge end-of-life as a natural part of life. However, hospices have been major contributors to local communities since the beginning of the hospice movement in the United States in the early 1970’s.
A fact that is not widely recognized is that hospice care is required to be involved with the community by law. This is illustrated by guidelines that outline requirements for hospice providers to utilize the service of local volunteers. Hospice volunteers are members of local communities who volunteer their time in a variety of ways including patient-focused activities and administrative tasks which help the organization better serve patients.
Reaching out to local communities is an urgent initiative of the national hospice community. Unfortunately, many communities are underserved by hospice for a variety of reasons. Certain demographics access hospice care at a far lower percentage than others. Research shows that certain populations such as the African American population do not widely utilize hospice when compared to other populations. It is possible that this is due largely in part to misinformation about hospice care.
Harbor Light Hospice’s decision to sponsor a local family in Dalton, Georgia is a perfect example of a hospice provider making the extra effort to support the local community while simultaneously disseminating the hospice mission in a positive way. Initiatives such as these encapsulate the hospice compassionate care model. Other hospice providers in the U.S. should consider executing their own charitable initiatives in their local communities to help better integrate hospice into the lives of the U.S. citizenry.
About Harbor Light Hospice
Harbor Light Hospice operates under a philosophy of care that assists patients, family, and friends during the final stages of a terminal illness. Harbor Light Hospice promotes dignity and emphasizes quality of life for those who choose to die in familiar surroundings with those they love. Hospice services can be provided at home, at a skilled nursing facility, or at an assisted living center.
Company Name: Harbor Light Hospice
Contact Person: Alex Caruso
Phone: (703) 810-7553
Address:800 Roosevelt Ro. Building C Suite 206
City: Glen Ellyn
Country: United States