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It’s About How You Live

Published on 9th October 2019

This November, CHI Health at Home will be celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. The theme this year, “It’s About How You Live,” aligns with their core values and the quality of care provided to all of their patients throughout the Fargo/Moorhead area.

“Throughout November, we will be working hard to raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care can provide. Our care programs combine quality medical care with the emotional support that families may need,” says Sandra Buchholz, Fargo Director for CHI Health at Home.

Although Hospice and Palliative care can share overlapping similarities, the two have some differences. Palliative care is a holistic model of care that is provided to people earlier in their course of illness or injury. Hospice care enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness.

The team with CHI Health at Home coordinates with patients and their families to design a plan that works best for them. Whether professional care is received at home, in a hospital, an outpatient facility, or an assisted living/nursing home, each care plan is tailor-made.

“In general, a comprehensive palliative care approach includes services to relieve the physical pain associated with cancer, cope with its emotional strain, assist with legal and financial concerns, and encourage spiritual exploration and reflection. Although these are also components of hospice care, once hospice has begun the emphasis typically shifts. The main concern then is to alleviate any physical pain to make the patient as comfortable as possible,” says Sandra

Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. These programs combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional support that families need most when facing a severe illness or the end of life.

“Home health care has proven to not only be cost-effective but a path which leads to a better way of living. The cost of hospitalization and nursing home placement can be a struggle for families, whereas home care usually costs only a fraction of that. Aside from the financial aspect, we find that our patients are usually happier and heal more quickly at home,” says Sandra.

The skilled and passionate team with CHI Health at Home includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, medical social workers, home health aides, Chaplains, hospice aides, and bereavement coordinators.

“If there were one thing I could say to the readers of this magazine, it would be to give home health a try. You and your family will lose nothing by trying it. But If you try it and love it, you have a lot to gain.”