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Hospice of the Foothills receives proclamation from Grass Valley mayor

Mayor Dan Miller presents a proclamation to Carolynn Peterson, interim Executive Director of Hospice of the Foothills.
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Each November, Hospice of the Foothills joins hospice providers across the country in observance of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

To raise awareness about hospice care in our own community, on Tuesday the Grass Valley City Council and Mayor Dan Miller presented Hospice of the Foothills’ Interim Executive Director, Carolynn Peterson, with a special proclamation. Peterson, former Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of Community Hospice in Modesto, was named interim executive director in late September.

Hospice is for anyone with a life-limiting illness, regardless of their age. Hospice care has been shown to make people feel better and live longer.

Research published in The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management reports that hospice patients live an average 29 days longer than similar patients who did not have hospice care, nor is hospice care only for cancer patients or the elderly.

Hospice supports and cares not just for the patient but the entire family; it is not just for the last days as many believe. Patients and families can receive care for six months or longer, depending on the progression of the illness. In fact, the sooner the patient elects hospice care, the better the interdisciplinary care team can help support preparation for end-of-life needs. Anyone can refer themselves or another to hospice.

Hospice of the Foothills will be increasing awareness about the importance of end-of-life planning with a screening of the documentary “Consider the Conversation” on Nov. 6. Retaining control over life decisions and maintaining dignity as the end of life approaches are top priorities for nearly everyone. These objectives can be achieved by good planning and the preparation of the proper directives.

It is well-documented that 85 percent of Americans say they want to die at home and in comfort. Paradoxically, less than 25 percent actually do. Of patients receiving hospice care, approximately 75 percent die at home.

Hospice of the Foothills is your trusted community resource for end-of-life planning. Care on your own terms will ensure a better quality of life for you and your loved ones.

For more information, call 530-272-5739 or visit http://www.hofo.org.

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