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North Woods celebrates Hospice Month 2014

North Woods Home Care and Hospice would like you to join us in ringing a bell for hospice on November 1st at noon.  National Hospice Month, and the annual Bells for Hospice event that accompanies it, is celebrated every November.  It is a way to bring attention to, and to publicly honor, those who have died over the last 12 months and the loved ones they left behind.  We invite anyone who has been affected by hospice, knows anyone who has been on hospice, or just want to express their support for patients and their families that have experienced a life limiting illness, to join us on November 1st at noon and ring a bell for hospice.  This can be done anywhere, even in the privacy of your own home.  We would also like to invite any area churches to ring their bells at noon.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of hospice in the United States.  The first one opened in Connecticut in 1964.  It was two decades later that hospice services became a Medicare covered benefit.  Considered to be a model for quality, compassionate care at end of life, Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s wishes.  Emotional and spiritual support is also extended to the family and loved ones.

If you have any questions about hospice care or the annual Bells for Hospice event please call North Woods Home Care and Hospice toll free at 1-800-852-3736 or locally at 341-6963.  You can also stop by our office located at 226 S. Cedar Street in downtown Manistique and pick up a bell if you don’t have one.