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30 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 17 - January 23, 1997 More people could turn to hospice for terminal patient healthcare With the media focused on return to leading full and produc- ty, including cancer, advanced issues relating to physician-assist- tire lives, cardiac, pulmonary, renal and ed suicide, it is fascinating that in Hospice care helps ease the neurological disorders, Lou a country in which youth, health journey from one life to the next. Gehrig disease (ALS), AIDS, as and beauty is sensationalized that The comprehensive symptom well as others. death is being so heavily debated management and supportive care Unfortunately, hospice cannot as an attractive alternative for offered by hospice allows life to change the terminal illness, but those with a terminal illness. "The mention of hospice as a viable option is not receiving the attention it should. There still are many people who are dying and in pain who don't know about or understand what hospice care is - and that's unfortunate," said Cathy Kimble, regional director for Compassionate Care Hospice of Delaware. "For those of us who work in hospice care," said Kimble, "we can tell you that we make a differ- ence everyday in the lives we touch." Hospice is about getting an individual's pain under control by physicians and nurses who are highly trained in pain and symp- tom management. Once pain and symptoms are at an acceptable and comfortable level, then an individual can focus time on things that are important in life. Hospice is about reaching out to families after a loved one dies and helping them to normal- ize their grief so that they may occur in a way it would not have if the only option was assisted-sui- cide. Hospice is a compassionate and appropriate form of care for termi- nally ill individuals. The hospice team is made up of nurses and home health aides who provide on-going nursing care. Counselors and social workers are available to support psycho- logical issues and help address financial concerns. Chaplains can assist with spiritual needs and vol- unteers can provide a lot of emo- tional care and respite to the ter- minally ill individual and the fam- ily. The hospice medical director along with the individual's physi- cian plan the course of treatment. Medications and equipment as related to the terminal illness are provided at no cost. Hospice care can be offered both in the home or in the nursing home. It is care that is given to individuals with any disease enti- through the choice of hospice, pain and symptoms can be man- aged to enhance the quality of life. The hospice movement is now over two decades old and over 39,000 people each year are cared for by hospices across the country. Compassionate Care Hospice of Delaware is a community-based organization committed to provid- ing the highest quality care needed by a terminally ill individual, fam- ily and friends throughout the state. The National Compassionate Hospice Foundation supports the challenging needs of hospice fam- ilies. Kimble noted, "Compassion- ate Care Hospice believes in the results of hospice. It is an appropriate choice for those faced with terminal illness. People cannot make an informed choice unless they fully under- stand their options." For more information about Compassionate Care Hospice, call (800) 219-0092. "Second Time Around" New & Used Clothing for Ladies and Gents WANTED THIS WEEK Ladies Dressy Apparel & Men's Suits Hours Tuesday - Friday 11 - 4 * Saturday 11 - 2 Henlopen Junction, Rehoboth Avenue Extended 227-3550 ASSOCIATES IN MEDICINE, P.A. "Quality Internal Medicine" NANCY A. UNION, M.D. Internal Medicine 12 Years Experience Private Practice in Lewes PHIL STEIN, M.D., Ph.D. Internal Medicine Johns Hopkins Trained 645-6644 " 119 W. Third St., Lewes, DE Hours Mon.-Fri. By Appt. Carper declares January as March of Dimes birth defects prevention month Gov. Thomas Carper last week officially declared January March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month. Carper signed the procla- mation live on WHYY's news program "12 Tonight." Garrett Colmorgan, director of Maternal- Fetal medicine at the Medical Center of Delaware, and the gov- ernor's appointed member of the Perinatal Association and Chair- man of the March of Dimes Pro- gram Services Committee, spoke on behalf of the March of Dimes. The State of Delaware declared this pledge to assure future gener- ations a healthy start in life which depends on the combined efforts and commitment of all public offi- cials and citizens. During the month of January, nearly 12,500 babies will be born with birth defects nationwide and nearly 700 of these babies will die. Each year, 70 of Delaware's babies do not reach their first birthday. The March of Dimes has pio- neered a unique partnership of volunteers, health professionals and corporate America to help women of childbearing age improve their chances for deliver- ing a healthy baby. Through its Campaign for Healthier Babies, the March of Dimes funds pro- grams of research, community ser- vices, education and advocacy to assure healthy lives for America's children. Briefll Friendly's, Easter Seals offer Cones for Kids For the sixteenth consecutive year, local Friendly's Restaurants will conduct their annual "Cones for Kids" campaign. All proceeds from this campaign will benefit the Easter Seals Society of Del- Mar, Inc. The 1997 effort begins on Jan. 20 and runs through Feb. 14. A $1 donation to Easter Seals will purchase customers five Kids Valentine Cards, each redeemable for a free Friendly's Kid Cone or a coupon booklet with a savings of over $9 on some Friendly's favorites. The 1996 "Cones for Kids" campaign raised over $1.4 million dollars. CPR recertification class starts Jan. 23 A CPR recertification course will be offered at Beebe Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the second floor Education Room. There is a $25 fee and the program is available to those currently cer- tified in Cardio-Pulmonary Resus- citation, Call 645-3248. 00A:aaouae00atea{; DRS. ROBINSON, COOK & LUBKEMAN HAVE MERGED THEIR PRACTICES TO BRING QUALITY EYE CARE TOGETHER FOR SUSSEX COUNTY David Robinson, M.D.F.A.C.S. 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