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Hospice of Foothills launches speakers bureau

Special to The Union

Hospice of the Foothills is used to having a team of professionals responding to the needs of those in our community with life-limiting illnesses. Now it has a special team that has been trained to provide education and disseminate information about the programs and services of Hospice of the Foothills.

"People don't want to talk about life-limiting illness," said Susan Juels, director of clinical services. "However, it's something that we each can choose to do, and our newly formed speakers bureau is available to help our community begin powerful conversations about their wishes regarding end-of-life care. Having those conversations before supportive care is needed results in an experience where the family can focus on the quality of the end of life journey rather than attending to the details, logistics and the many decisions during this time."

The goal of the speakers bureau is to offer community outreach programs to help educate individuals and groups on various topics regarding end-of-life care considerations, caregiver resources, advanced health care planning and coping with grief and loss.

"By educating the public about the rich diversity of our programs and services, it is our hope that everyone who can benefit from our compassionate supportive care will know about their choices and have the ability to ask for our services sooner rather than later," said Vanessa Bengston, Hospice's executive director.

For information or to have a Hospice of the Foothills representative address your group, contact Hospice of the Foothills at 530-272-5739 or visit our website at http://hofo.org.

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