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Bluegrass Care Navigators asks families to share stories during Hospice and Palliative Care Month

In recognition of National Hospice Month and Palliative Care Month, Bluegrass Care Navigators is calling for families to share their experiences with hospice care through a month-long campaign called “My Story.”

UKHC Hospice Care in Lexington. (Photo by Mark Mahan)

“Families who have experienced hospice care frequently say they wish they had called us sooner,” said Liz Fowler, CEO of Bluegrass Care Navigators. “Through our My Story campaign, we hope that families who have a loved one experiencing a serious illness can learn more about how hospice can help, directly from others who have been supported by our care.”

To participate, individuals can visit www.bgcarenav.org/mystory, or follow Bluegrass Care Navigators Facebook Page during November to join weekly discussions about different aspects of hospice care.

Through personal testimonies and online discussions, Bluegrass Care Navigators seeks to share frequently misunderstood facts about hospice care, including:

• Hospice is for weeks and months of life, not just days or hours

• Hospice is for patients with any serious illness, not just cancer

• Hospice can keep patients comfortable with pain management

• Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies

• Hospice is able to provide many medications, supplies and equipment

• Hospice is provided wherever home is, including private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals

• Hospice is able to include your doctors and does not replace them

• Hospice is for families who want to create memories together when time may be short

• Hospice care includes doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, home care aides and volunteers

For more information about Bluegrass Care Navigators and our services, call 855-492-0812 or visit www.bgcarenav.org.

From Bluegrass Care Navigators

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