Hospital to begin offering hospice care in Terry area

  Prairie Community Hospital will begin offering the Hospice service to Terry area residents.

    The decision to offer the program came shortly after reviewing the community needs assessment survey which was conducted by the hospital to find out what programs and services were needed or could be expanded upon. 

   The program, which is already well established through the Glendive Medical Center to Dawson and Wibaux County patients will expand to the Terry area now as well, said GMC Hospice manager M J Marx.

    “We want to keep patients in their home communities,” said Marx of the reasoning behind offering the program locally. Often times patients are moved to live outside their home community with family members to tend to the end-of-life care, but through the Hospice program, medical and other needs are tended to, while still maintaining the patients’ ability to stay at home.

     Hospice emphasizes comfort-oriented care by providing physical, emotional, spiritual and volunteer services to patients and their families within their individual home settings. 

     Registered nurses who care for patients at home, work hand in hand with the patient’s physician, relaying medical information and updates to the medical provider. Volunteers working with Hospice also provide day-to-day general activity assistance.

       Marx said the program should be underway in Terry as early as mid-August. An openhouse introducing the program to Terry is expected to be held at the hospital August 14. 

       For those interested in working as a volunteer within the Hospice program, a volunteer training class will be offered Thursday, July 24 at the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the program or volunteering within it please call 345-3395.

Published July 23, 2014

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