The community is invited to a free educational program Monday, May 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Cherryvale, 203 W. Main.
The program will feature Mercy’s Home Health and Hospice team sharing information on hospice care, advance directives and volunteer opportunities. Refreshments will be served, and plenty of time will be allowed for questions and answers.
Brandi Volmer, RN, nurse manager for Mercy Home Health and Hospice, explained this presentation will help clarify what hospice care is all about and perhaps dispel some of the commonly believed myths about the service.
“I think a lot of people are misinformed about the true objectives and nature of hospice care,” Volmer said. “It’s not a topic that most people think about until they have a need in their family, and for many the term ‘hospice’ evokes emotions we don’t like to face.
“It’s important to know that hospice is not about hopelessness, but is instead an opportunity to sustain a higher quality of life for individuals with a terminal diagnosis. There is a wide range of services associated with hospice care, with varying levels of support provided to not only the patient, but to families and caregivers as well.”
In addition to the discussion on hospice care, Social Worker Debra Saichompoo, will share information on the importance of advance directives and volunteer opportunities that are available within the hospice ministry.
Giveaways and door prizes will be offered. Reservations are not required.
More information is available by contacting Mercy Home Health and Hospice at 620-332-3215.