Age & Stage: Not Your Grandmother’s Hospice

April 25, 2018, 7:30 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

palliative care nurse and patientInitially hospice programs were about a physical place where care was provided in just the last days of life. As this care model evolved, hospice care became less about a physical space and more about a manner of holistic palliative care.

Today hospice care, in most instances, comes to the patient. Today hospice care is available earlier in the progression of life limiting illness. Hospice attends to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient while supporting and guiding the family. Hospice care often adds months, sometimes even years, to life.

Unfortunately, many still see Hospice care as something just provided in the very last days of life away from home. All too many fear hospice; delaying the comforting, caring, life affirming approach it brings. Many erroneously believe that the Torah emphasis on pikuach nefesh (saving life) is in conflict with the Hospice care approach – not so!

In Not Your Grandmother’s Hospice: Hospice and Palliative Care Today, Rabbi David Rose and Dr. Michael Westerman will share how JSSA Hospice care enriches life, fits with the Jewish emphasis on life, when hospice care is appropriate, how to talk with loved ones about hospice and how to make your wishes known regarding Hospice care.

RSVP to Geryl Baer at gbaer@bethelmc.org or 301-652-8569, ext. 352.