Forest J McDaniel Ralph O Grooms Adams County teenager dies in auto accident Charles N Vance Wesley M Baldwin James Kennedy Tom A Mihalovich Brand hat trick leads North Adams past West Union 5-2 in SHAC soccer action Senior Profile: Bryant Lung Lady Hounds pull off thrilling Senior Night win Volleyball milestones continue to pile up at North Adams Banner season for Lady Indians soccer SHAC holds Junior High Volleyball Tournament Tournament match ups set for volleyball and soccer Senior Profile: Morgan Edmisten Hounds dominate, improve to 3-4 Is this not the best time of the year? Volley For The Cure is another big success Getting everything we ask for Oh, that dreaded leaf project Manchester: Adams County’s oldest community looks to the future with hope Congressman visits Manchester’s newest business Six candidates vie for MLSD School Board Highway 41 road work stalls MFD holds annual Safety Day for kids, families Lenora Mckee Virgie Cole Helen J Damron Karen S Lockhart Donna M Pelfrey Russell D Pollitt, Sr Karen S Lockhart Harris named Director of Shelter for the Homeless Local candidates abundant on November ballot Senior Profile: McKinlee Grooms Lady Dragons finish third in district golf tourney Lady Devils challenged, but survive to extend SHAC streak to 60 Rally falls short, Lady Hounds fall in five sets to Fairfield Senior Profile: Jessica Newman Lady Indians get shutout win over West Union, 2-0 Erwins host annual Herb Fair Bentonville: A community at the crossroads of Adams County history Tranquility, Wilson Homestead host annual Heritage Days Why we get back up Your local newspaper, the real deal Welcome to the morning klatch Oleda F Saunders Frank A Golden Shirley A Tully Hubert Knauff John T Shupert Celebrate the sports pages Gould, Woolard, defense lead Hounds to second win George E Lucas Betty A Johnson Hayes sentenced Sue Day Devils headed back to state golf tourney Earl R Fields Alberta L Steward Gregory Terry Linda Taylor Levies slated for November ballot Manchester residents forming neighborhood watch group West Union teachers receive prestigious award Crum arraigned in Brown County Common Pleas Court Seaman: A small town with a big heart and a family spirit Seaman Fall Festival again draws large crowds NAES participates in weekend food program AES Ohio Generation assumes control of DP&L assets West Union, Peebles take home county XC crowns Lady Devils win a soccer buzzer-beater Senior Profile: Brooklyn Wylie Lady Dragons move to districts Green Devils win sectional golf title West Union hosting fourth annual Alumni Volleyball Game Gray breaks Lady Indians’ single season goals record Senior Profile: Chase Cummings Lady Dragons cruise to SHAC title Hupp ties school record with five goals in Lady Devils’ win over Southeastern For 14th time in 15 years, Dragons claim SHAC Boys Golf Championship Getting life in order See those signals of the season Jury returns verdict in former Manchester police officer’s trial Larry Peters Gary L Hughes Sr Deanna L Parker Stephen R Fetters Bonnie Hawkins Clifton J DeMint Steven L Kimberlin When you just know The tradition of the Sunday dinner The emotions of leaving for college A hard habit to break Did it happen or did it not? Southern Ohio Trails Web Portal released Board of Elections announces polling place changes Commissioner Pell to meet with DOE rep Hurricane Relief coming from Adams County

‘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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