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"Home is Where the Heart Is" - November is 'Home Care & Hospice' month

“Home is where the heart is” is a phrase that has been heard by many of us for most of our lives.  Given the growing number of home care and hospice facilities around Texas, the phrase is starting to take on a whole new meaning.

With this as the theme, the Lamar County Commissioners’ Court has proclaimed the month of November 2012 ‘Home Care & Hospice Month’ for Lamar County.

The proclamation ‘encourages the support and participation of all citizens in learning more about the home care and hospice philosophy of care for the elderly, disabled and terminally ill.’

‘Whereas, home care services provide high quality and compassionate health care services to those in need, especially at times of community or personal health care crisis; and’

‘Whereas, home care is the most preferred method of health care delivery among disabled, elderly and chronically ill individuals eager to live independently in their own homes as long as they possibly can; and’

‘Whereas, home care in Texas is a growing alternative to hospitalization or other institution-based forms of health care for acute and chronic illnesses, providing care to hundreds of thousands of Texans each year; and’

‘Whereas, hospice care providers humane and comforting support for terminally ill patients and their families, including pain control, palliative medical care, and social, emotional and spiritual services; and’

‘Whereas, hospice fulfills basic human needs of feeling comfortable in familiar surroundings and of attaining physical and emotional peace during the last stage of life; and’

‘Whereas, there is a need increase public discussion about advances in pain control and care options available to individuals of all ages races, and backgrounds who are at the end of life; and’

‘Whereas, the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice, and home care and hospice providers in Texas have declared November 2012 as “Home Care & Hospice Month” with the theme of “Home is Where The Heart Is” and are calling on all Texans to observe this occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities.’

Doris Dollins, Director of Nurses at Premier Hospice (pictured to the left), attended a recent Commissioners’ Court meeting to present to the Commissioners a description of hospice care and the benefits it and other home care services offer.

Both Commissioner Malone and Judge Superville said that they had family members in hospice care and agreed that it was a very valuable and necessary form of health care.

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