Letter

printed 11/30/2018

Editor,

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness Month and a chance to increase awareness that hospice is a program that works and a benefit that matters.

Hospice is not a place. Hospice is not about dying. Hospice is about providing dignity and quality of life to those with life-limiting conditions in their own homes, whether their homes are in assisted living facilities, nursing homes or in another residence or facility.

At Coastal Hospice, our vision includes anticipating and meeting the growing demand for our service in new settings.

This year, as we celebrate this awareness month, we are also celebrating our latest project, the Macky and Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. This is the first hospice house for the Lower Shore and is expected to open in early 2019.

The Stansell House fills a gap in care for those who need hospice services, but cannot receive it in their home. Many of our aging residents of the Lower Eastern Shore become unsafe at home when they become seriously ill and are admitted to hospice.

They either live alone or their family member is frail themselves and unable to care for the person’s needs. This is why Coastal Hospice has worked with community partners for a decade to build the Stansell House.

The public is invited to a preview, prior to the finishing touches, of the first ever hospice house for the Lower Shore.

The Macky and Pam Stansell House of Coastal Hospice at the Ocean will host visitors from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 as we celebrate Giving Tuesday, at the site located at The Point in Ocean Pines.

We hope the community will join us as we celebrate this awareness month and to support the progress Coastal Hospice is making in meeting the needs of the community by making the vision of the Stansell House a reality.

Alane Capen

Coastal Hospice President

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