Every day of every week, Capital Caring’s dedicated physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, and volunteers provide world-class compassionate care to 1,200 men, women, and children throughout our ever-growing service area. But as we enter November and recognize National Hospice Month, it is important to not only appreciate how far we have come since our founding nearly 40 years ago, but also to recognize how many people with advanced illness suffer needlessly simply due to a lack of awareness of what hospice is and what it can provide.
We are grateful that Congress’ foresight more than 30 years ago recognized the unique needs faced by individuals facing advanced illness and created the Medicare Hospice Benefit, a program that provides for hospice services nationwide. It is because of the Medicare Hospice Benefit that a vast majority of Capital Caring’s services are provided at no cost to patients or their families. In fact, Capital Caring never turns away patients due to an inability to pay for care; our Patient Care Fund provides nearly $3 million every year to support patients with no resources. We are thankful for the countless individuals, foundations, and corporations who support our Patient Care Fund.
What keeps many of our clinical staff awake at night is the knowledge that so many people who need hospice care are not accessing it, usually because of a lack of knowledge of what hospice can provide. Hospice is so much more than care for the dying, and National Hospice Month gives us an opportunity to share the good news that these services provide hope, comfort, and relief from pain, stress, and anxiety. Capital Caring focuses on what matters most to each of our patients and gives them the comfort to live every day, cherishing time spent with friends, family members, and loved ones. Some patients who are suffering may be more focused on pain relief, while others might appreciate attending a grandchild’s piano recital or joining a family gathering.
Throughout National Hospice Month, we will be sharing information about hospice and about our specialized services. Please do not hesitate to call Capital Caring to learn more, or if you or a loved one might be in need of the care we provide. No matter when you need us – whether it is 3pm or 3am – your call will be answered by one of our compassionate staff members seeking to help us fulfill our mission to simply improve care.