Livingston Memorial VNA and Hospice Raises Awareness For Hospice And Palliative Care Month

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care month, a time to reflect on specialized compassionate care that is available for those coping with a life-limiting illness. Imagine how overwhelming it is to work through the maze of doctors, hospitals, insurance, and also take care of yourself. It is the most challenging task one will ever face and Livingston Hospice understands … and is here to help.

Livingston hospice focuses on helping people learn what options might be available, while getting the care they need and deserve. “We’re working to make sure people know that support, comfort and respect are available at a time when hope seems out of reach,” said Dr. Lanyard Dial, Livingston Memorial’s President/CEO and Medical Director. “During November, we focus our efforts to raise awareness of the high-quality care that’s available during one of life’s most challenging times,” said Dr. Dial.

When cure is not possible, Livingston hospice provides hope; along with pain management, symptom control, and emotional and spiritual support. When facing a serious illness, most people want to be home, surrounded by their loved ones … hospice makes this all possible as medication, equipment and help are brought to the patient, wherever they may reside.

“There’s an inaccurate perception among the public that hospice means you’ve given up,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

“It’s about quality of life; with the help of hospice and palliative care, patients and families can focus on what’s most important, living life as fully as possible, in spite of illness.” Dr. Dial said.
Contact Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, a not for profit Medicare certified agency, at 642-1608, or visit them on the web @