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Other Voices: Honoring providers of end-of-life health care

Most of us remember someone who helped us during difficult times – a grandparent, a special teacher, even a stranger who became a friend. The recollections of these “faces of caring” bring comfort and calm in the midst of crisis.

Yet when recalling end-of-life situations of those we love, many of us have different recollections. These memories may include the hurt on the face of a loved one in pain; the sorrow on the face of a family member who did not get the opportunity to say goodbye to a dying relative; the stress on the faces of those making difficult decisions about end-of-life choices without guidance.

Hospice of the Foothills has been providing end-of-life care to individuals and their families in Western Nevada County since 1979. Our mission is to affirm life and promote dignity for the terminally ill by providing comprehensive and compassionate care to the patient, their loved ones and the community.

We strive to fulfill our mission every day, for every patient with a staff of dedicated professionals and volunteers. What’s more, All hospice services-pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual counseling, professional nursing care, personal care, medications and bereavement support-are provided to anyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This month, Hospice of the Foothills celebrates the “faces of caring” who provide hospice and palliative care. These trained professionals and volunteers from our community offer pain and symptom control, dignity, and spiritual and emotional care for dying persons and their loved ones when a cure is not possible.

Hospice and palliative care puts a “face” on quality end-of-life care-the faces of nurses, doctors, social workers, spiritual caregivers, homecare aides and volunteers who provide services and support to families during one of life’s most challenging times.

For more information about hospice care in Western Nevada County, please contact Hospice of the Foothills 272-5739.


Dennis Fournier is the executive director for Hospice of the Foothills.

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