WRC Senior Services held a Wear Purple Day for hospice awareness at each of its communities on Friday, November 13. Staff and residents alike participated.
This event was held as part of National Home Care and Hospice Month, celebrated each year in November.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Home Care and Hospice Deliver Freedom.”
“It was great to see all the purple worn in support of our hospice program and to hear people talking about hospice care,” said WRC Director of Marketing and Communications Dawn Hartman.
WRC’s home care agency In Home Solutions began offering Medicare-certified hospice care last year.
The agency has offices in Clarion and Brookville and has been providing home care since1992 and home health since 2004.
In Home Solutions serves all of Jefferson and Clarion counties and parts of Clearfield, Elk and Armstrong Counties.
“The purpose of the Wear Purple Day is to raise awareness of the hospice services offered through In Home Solutions,” said Hartman. “Because this is a newer service for us, a lot of people don’t realize it’s available.”
Hospice care is specialized care for individuals with a life-limiting illness who have six months or less to live.
“Most people have heard of hospice, but they don’t really understand what it is. They don’t realize how much it can help as they go through the end-of-life journey,” said Hartman. “We hope our Wear Purple day got people talking about hospice care, and they learned a little more about it.”
Hospice care can be received wherever a patient chooses – in their own home, a personal care home, nursing home or hospital.
A team of nurses, home health aides, counselors and volunteers help provide the medical care, emotional and spiritual support that the individual needs at end of life.
Hospice also offers support to the patient’s loved ones through counseling services, respite care to give the caregiver a break and bereavement care after loss.
Most major healthcare plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, provide coverage for hospice care.
For more information about In Home Solutions hospice, please call 1-800-972-9363 or visit www.wrc.org.