November marks 38 years of service for Middle Tennessee nonprofit Alive Hospice, and it’s also National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. With this in mind, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has issued a proclamation celebrating hospice care and those who provide it.
Mayor Dean visited Alive Hospice to present the proclamation during an anniversary celebration on Nov. 20.
“For 38 years, Alive Hospice has played a special role in our community and helps make Nashville the giving and caring city that it is,” Dean said. “The service Alive Hospice provides is a vital one, and I congratulate and thank them for the special kind of care that they provide.”
Alive Hospice, which was founded in Nashville in 1975, was the first hospice program in Tennessee and one of the nation’s earliest. Today, Alive Hospice serves 12 Middle Tennessee counties with hospice care, palliative care (in conjunction with Aspire Health Medical Partners of Middle Tennessee), grief support services and community education.
Hospice and palliative care enhance quality of life by alleviating pain and other unpleasant symptoms of life-threatening illnesses. Hospice care benefits patients when life expectancy is limited (six months or less) and curative treatments have been discontinued. Palliative care is available for patients who desire comfort measures in addition to curative treatments.
Additionally, Alive Hospice provides comprehensive grief support services including counseling for adults and children, support groups, camps and seminars. Community education, another core service offered by Alive Hospice, includes workshops on advance directives as part of The Gift Initiative of Alive Hospice and a Lunch and Learn series on various topics throughout the year.
“Alive Hospice wants everyone in Nashville to know they can lean on us in difficult times. We’re here for patients and families affected by life-limiting illnesses, and we’re here to give support after losses,” said Alive Hospice President/CEO Anna-Gene O’Neal.
“During National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we encourage everyone to learn more about hospice care, Alive Hospice’s grief support services and community education that we provide year-round. We hope they’ll get involved as volunteers and keep Alive Hospice in mind as they give in support of local charities this holiday season,” she said.
Each year, more than 1.5 million patients and families benefit from hospice care nationwide, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
For more information about Alive Hospice, call 615-327-1085 or visit AliveHospice.org