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Caring for a loved one with health issues

   Are you, or do you see yourself, as a spouse, family member, or caregiver for someone with health issues now or in the future? Would you feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what to do or where to turn for help?

Consider Mary’s situation…

   Mary has been caring for her ailing mother diagnosed with  health issues. Already stressed from this responsibility, the doctor suggested that Mary might want to start considering Hospice care. Mary was stunned by this news and was confused. What did this mean? What is Hospice exactly? Is Hospice a place? Will Mom have to leave her home? Does this mean Mom is going to die very soon? What will it cost our family?  Where do I find this information? How do I prepare for this transition? What should I do next? These and many more questions popped into Mary’s mind.

   These questions and more can all be answered on November 13, 2018 when Ouachita Regional Hospice will host an informal information session on the Myths and Facts Surrounding Hospice Care. Open to the public, this event will start at 5 PM with complimentary food and beverages followed by a presentation at 5:30 PM about the Myths and Facts of Hospice Care.

   For example, many people believe that Hospice means giving up hope and that it is appropriate only in the last few days of life. The fact is that some patients actually improve and may be discharged from hospice.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Hospice team of health care clinicians and professionals and ask questions about patient care, legal issues, Medicare, Medicaid, and other topics.

Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling 479-394-1134 or stopping by the office at 602 DeQueen Street in Mena . Hope to see you there!

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