November is awareness month for end of life care

Posted: Nov. 7, 2016 9:30 am

To The Herald-Whig:

In many ways society measures success in years; how many years a couple has been married, how many years someone has been in a job or how many years old a person is are examples of the ways success is measured in years.

The staff of Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care and the families we care for often measure success in much shorter increments of time. Just ask the Wiewel family.

After a courageous battle against cancer, Karen Wiewel left the hospital to spend her final days at home. Karen's medical prognosis was 10 days. She lived 104 days at home. Those extra 94 days were invaluable to the Wiewel family.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. I encourage you to take time to learn more about end-of-life care from those who have experienced it by visiting blessinghospital.org/hospice and clicking on the featured video on the page. It is Karen's story. In this short video, Mark Wiewel and his five children relate how Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care delivered dignity to Karen and support to them. There is also other information on this page about end-of-life.

Today's health care consumers conduct extensive research to educate themselves about their choices before making a decision; from moms-and-dads-to-be, to heart and cancer patients to those wanting a facelift or tummy tuck. End-of-life care should be no different. Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care has more than 30 years' experience in delivering care and support to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Knowing the services available to you and your loved ones can add life to the days, weeks or months remaining.

Jeri Conboy, PhD, MSHCE, LCSW

Director, Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care