Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES

‘Hospice’ is not a dreaded word

“Hospice” is a word no family wants to hear. When you’ve been fighting an illness for many years, even decades, or have just learned of a new disease, hearing that your loved one needs hospice care can be devastating. And receiving word that hospice is being “called in” for a community member triggers the thought process that they are in their final days or even hours.

But what if I told you that what you know about hospice care probably isn’t accurate? What if I told you that choosing hospice doesn’t mean you’re “giving up”? That getting hospice care doesn’t mean your family member is going to die tomorrow…or even next week?

Choosing hospice care, or “comfort care,” simply means you are done seeking aggressive or curative treatment; and, if the disease runs its course without treatment, death would occur in about six months. It does not mean that your family member will definitely die in that time, but typically that is what is seen with that particular disease.

The most common illness people think of with “comfort care” is cancer. Maybe your doctor has told you there’s nothing more they can do to treat your family member’s cancer. Or maybe they are tired of going to chemotherapy and radiation appointments and just want enjoy time with you family. Both of those situations would be candidates to receive hospice care. However, there are many more illnesses that can benefit from “comfort care”: Heart diseases such as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), neurological disease such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, liver diseases, stroke (CVA), and many more.

If your loved one has one of the above diseases and/or has any of the following, please consider contacting Hospice of Hope for further evaluation: frequent hospitalizations or ER visits in the last six months; an increase in weight loss, tiredness, weakness; or has had recurrent infections, changes in their mental status or lost the ability to do things independently. Any person, even a family member, can refer someone to hospice services…it only takes one phone call. At Hospice of Hope, our goal is to remove some of the burden of being a caregiver and allow you to just be family during this time by providing you with friendly, local staff that truly cares. By choosing hospice, you aren’t giving up…you are giving hope.

Our RN Case Managers, Nurse Aides, Social Workers, Chaplains and Volunteers visit frequently to ensure your loved one is as comfortable, but as present, as possible. Hospice of Hope also has trained staff that provides “complimentary” therapies such as massage, music, aroma, and pet therapies. We also have the only in-patient hospice care center located in Adams County Regional Medical Center which is available for respite care, pain or symptom management, or to be used during the final days when your loved one can no longer be cared for at home.

Don’t wait until “it’s time.” Talk to hospice about your loved one’s condition and see if you or they are eligible for hospice care. Death is unavoidable but you get to choose how well you live until that time.

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