BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley Celebrates World Hospice and Palliative Care Day – October 10, 2020
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day occurs on October 10 to improve the quality of life for people affected by severe health problems.
People with life-limiting illnesses have a right to be cared for in the way that best suits their needs and this day emphasizes that.
Throughout time, people have suffered life-limiting illnesses, but there wasn't always a system in place to make sure that their last days were comfortable. In the nineteenth century, the action of hospice care was taken on primarily by women. They were religious and philanthropic volunteers who serviced the sick across countries and continents without knowing each other. The attention hospice care would achieve in the next century would be because of these women.
By the twentieth century, more hospitals with hospice care were established. They became so vital that many facilities received more beds and more people joined to help the cause. The Sisters of Charity was an organization in Ireland that helped Dublin's impoverished population in the nineteenth century. By the twentieth century, they had developed other facilities across the globe, including St. Joseph's Hospice, which was critical in palliative care history.
In 1967 Cicely Saunders influenced the modern concept of Hospice Care. Dr. Saunders directed St. Christopher's hospice in England, and she was a champion in developing the philosophy of end-of-life care and hospice practices that spread globally. During that time in the US, volunteers were the ones who cared for dying patients, and many followed her lead.
In 1987, Dr. Declan Walsh established the first hospital-based palliative care center at the Cleveland Center. Medicare authorized proper hospice care in the 1990s, and the treatment of such efforts was taken more seriously. Today, there are thousands of hospice agencies across the globe, and it continues to grow. The first World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was held in 2005, and it's been going strong ever since.
WORLD HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE DAY TIMELINE
The first World Hospice and Palliative Care Day are held along with the Voices of Hospice global music event.
Hospice becomes an official medical subspecialty, and thousands of hospice agencies operate around the world.
Dr. Cicely Saunders influences the modern concept of Hospice Care at St. Christopher's hospice in England.
Sisters of Charity develop hospice facilities across the world.
Women Take the Lead
The first homes and hospitals are used for hospice care pioneered by women.
Terminal illness is a complicated issue to face for patients and loved ones alike. By supporting one another, we let them know that they're not alone in this. It is also essential that we show support for caretakers who devote their time and energy to those with life-limiting illnesses. Jobs like these are often a calling and having the support of people who care helps them do their job better. There is more advocacy for hospice and palliative care, making things better for patients, families, and caregivers.
There are four main options for end of life care: residential palliative, nursing in a care home, home or hospice, and daycare at a hospice.
BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley can assist in caring for your family during a decline in health. We work hand in hand with your palliative care team supporting both patient and family during the end of a loved one's end of life.
BrightStar Care of Conejo Valley - Thousand Oaks is a home health care agency providing 24/7 Hourly Private Duty RN Led Health Care and end of life compassionate care services. Our nurses and caregivers offer support around the clock, providing a full continuum of medical and non-medical services and medical staffing. We proudly serve Los Angeles and Ventura County cities of Simi Valley, Moorpark, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, West Hills, Newbury Park, Calabasas, Agoura, Topanga, Malibu, and Hidden Hills areas.
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