November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month and the Time to Discuss the Myths Regarding the Practice

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month and the Time to Discuss the Myths Regarding the Practice

November 11, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By: Mary Balstad marybalstad@rjbroadcasting.com

Fosston, MN – Hospice care is a sensitive subject for many individuals to talk about. Sarah Iverson and Kristi Meinert were on Tuesday, November 9th’s ‘Food for Thought’ to discuss this subject and the myths surrounding it. Such myths include the ultimatum that hospice care is associated with, its expenses, how long someone can be in hospice for, and who qualifies for hospice care. Meinert says hospice’s philosophy is the focus on how to spend the time left for individuals in a productive manner.

Sarah Iverson also says hospice care can be a supportive option for family and friends. Rather than enrolling in hospice for a few days, the sooner one can enroll the more services are able to be provided. Iverson explains the roles for the people who provide the variety of services.

Meinert adds that family members in need of emotional support can benefit from this care. In order to support hospice care, people can volunteer by calling the main hospice office in Fosston at (218) 435-1133. The annual tree walk will not happen due to the pandemic, but there will be an option to support by donating for angels in honor or memory of a loved one. Letters will be sent out about the fundraiser. For more information on hospice and palliative care go to caringinfo.org.