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MCKEAN COUNTY VNA & HOSPICE CELEBRATES HOMECARE & HOSPICE MONTH

Posted on: 11/19/2012

In recognition of November as Homecare and Hospice Month, McKean County VNA & Hospice, a department of Bradford Regional Medical Center, has teamed up with the Pennsylvania Homecare Association to offer a multimedia resource for families to use as a guide to begin conversations and provide resources to enable families to keep their loved ones home as long as possible.

 

Bringing Care Home” is a brief documentary on DVD that chronicles the stories of three Pennsylvania families grappling with common issues that so many face as they care for aging parents, try to navigate the healthcare system and find the resources necessary to keep loved ones at home.  A companion guidebook provides information about available home care services and resources.  To obtain a copy of the Bringing Care Home guidebook, please contact the VNA at 814-362-7466 or the BRMC volunteer office at 814-362-8288.

 

“While planning for aging, illness and end-of-life care may not necessarily be topics that people are eager to discuss, this is an important and critical conversation that families should have,” said Kathy Pascarella, Director of McKean County VNA & Hospice. “Understanding what our parent’s wishes-and our own wishes are as they grow older is extremely important so that thoughtful planning can occur rather than making decisions in the middle of a healthcare crisis when emotions are running high.”

 

McKean County VNA & Hospice provides care to more than 1200 patients a year.  Many healthcare treatments that were once only offered in a hospital can now be safely, effectively, and efficiently provided in people’s homes with the assistance of nurses, therapists, social workers, home health aides and volunteers.  Services are also available to provide education in management of medications, chronic disease management and home safety as well as assist seniors with activities of daily living.  Home healthcare is less expensive, more convenient, and as effective as care provided in institutional settings. 

 

McKean County VNA & Hospice offers comprehensive home care services allowing patients to maintain their health and independence at home while receiving the vital medical care needed.  For more information visit www.brmc.com, or like us on Facebook.

 

The Pennsylvania Homecare Association is a statewide organization of more than 500 homecare and hospice providers.  PHA members provide quality care and serve as advocates for their patients and clients on a variety of healthcare related issues.  PHA and its members work hard to improve professional standards and ensure access to quality homecare throughout the Commonwealth.  To learn more, visit www.pahomecare.org.

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