CRESTVIEW ó Covenant Hospice observes November, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, with this message: itís never too early to create an advance directive. Advance directives are legal documents (living wills, durable power of attorneys, or health care proxy documents) that state your decisions for end-of-life care.


CRESTVIEW ó Covenant Hospice observes November, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, with this message: itís never too early to create an advance directive. Advance directives are legal documents (living wills, durable power of attorneys, or health care proxy documents) that state your decisions for end-of-life care.



ďIt is important for everyone to have an advance directive regardless of present health status,Ē Covenant Hospice President Dale O. Knee said.



See www.covenanthospice.org/begintheconversation for information about obtaining and filling out an advance directive.



Hospice care provides expert pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support and spiritual care to patients and families when a cure is impossible. Medicines and equipment that keep a patient comfortable can be brought to the home. Palliative care brings these skilled services earlier in an illness and can be provided with other treatments.



More than 1.5 million people with a life-limiting illness annually get help from the nationís hospice and palliative care providers.



ďItís about quality of life. With the help of hospice and palliative care, patients and families can focus on whatís most important, living as fully as possible in spite of illness,Ē Knee said.