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Hospice offering info on shore ill

(April 9, 2015) Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care is soliciting opportunities to speak to the Lower Shore community about how the organization can help the terminally ill and their families.
The presentations are appropriate for any group of any size including civic, service and church groups, companies, school groups, healthcare professionals, counseling professionals and social service agencies. Speakers include Coastal Hospice nurses, social workers and administrative staff, all experts in their fields. Topics can include advance directives, coping with loss, and how Coastal Hospice helps.
Coastal Hospice provides speakers in an effort to dispel myths about hospice and improve end-of-life care in the region. Studies confirm that hospice patients live longer and have a better quality of life than those with serious illness who do not receive hospice care.
Many families tell Coastal Hospice staff that they wish they’d called sooner.  While Medicare and insurance pay for six months or more, most patients aren’t referred to hospice until the final days.
Patients and families benefit from the in-home support hospice provides. Registered nurses coordinate with physicians and provide medications and training. Certified aides provide bathing and light housekeeping. Social workers offer family counseling and advance care planning. Chaplains provide emotional support. Trained volunteers offer friendship and comfort.
Elaine Bean, community relations manager at Coastal Hospice, is scheduling speaking engagements.  She can be reached at ebean@coastalhospice. org or 410-742-8732.
Founded in 1980, Coastal Hospice is a nonprofit health care organization that cares for individuals facing life-limiting conditions but who want to remain as active and engaged as possible.
Coastal Hospice cares for patients in their home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at Coastal Hospice at the Lake. The organization serves Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester and Somerset counties.