Will hospice be right for you or your loved ones?
Have you heard about palliative care? Have you heard about hospice?
You can learn about both during a presentation taking place Feb. 12 at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.
Palliative care is given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease, such as cancer. Palliative care is an approach to care that addresses the person as a whole, not just their disease.
Palliative care focuses on the person's quality of life, alleviating pain and suffering while continuing treatments which may cure the disease. It aims to find the balance between cure, treatments and the person.
Hospice is a similar concept. It focuses on easing a terminally ill patient's pain and symptoms and attends to their emotional and spiritual needs, without curative intent.
Usually it is used for people who have been diagnosed with having six months or less to live, with no further options for curing a disease, or for people who have decided not to pursue further options that are arduous and likely to cause more symptoms, and not likely to succeed.
To inform people about hospice care the LOACC will present a program from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, led by Brad Christensen of Connected Home Health and Hospice. He will demystify hospice care, sharing the philosophy, history and objective plus how to navigate through the Medicare benefit to obtain hospice care.
Registration for the program is required; admission is free. Call the center at 503-635-3758 to reserve a seat.
The lunch menu this week features African sweet potato stew on Friday, Jan. 31; breakfast casserole on Monday, Feb. 3 and tilapia on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.
The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, using the menu found on the left side of the website, click on "Activities" and "Services" for more details.
Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.
Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.
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