Editor: Most people try not to imagine what the end of their life may be like. We do know studies have found eight out of 10 Americans would prefer in-home care if facing a life-limiting illness; yet, most have not taken steps to plan for their future health care needs, or ventured to discuss their goals, values and preferences with family or physicians.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage our community members to have these important conversations about future health care goals, known as advance care planning. These discussions help ensure that members of our community will receive the care they deserve and that meets their personal needs.

Advance care planning also helps increase awareness about the benefits of hospice care for those at the end of life. The true goal of hospice is to improve a patient’s quality of life, providing comfort and support to patients and their families by reducing the stress, pain and other symptoms of a serious illness.

It affirms the belief that it is important to make every moment of life as meaningful as possible, from the first days of a life-limiting illness to the last.

Devin Bell,

Hospice care consultant

Hospice Compassus,

Lake Havasu City

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