November is National Hospice Month and local hospice organizations say hospice has been around for a very long time. Yet they say a lot of people have no understanding of what hospice is, undoubtedly because we have a problem as a human race of confronting death and dying.A survey shows most people much prefer to die in a home setting rather than a hospital or nursing home. End of life care is provided by health professionals and volunteers and they give medical, psychiatric and spiritual support.Local hospice workers say the goal of hospice is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity. Medicare and insurance companies now provide funding for hospice because they know it saves taxpayer money.Hospice people say, unfortunately, hospice money’s being threatened by some of the proposed new health care reform bills.
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