Learn about hospice care and end-of-life therapies

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Last year, 1.65 million Americans received hospice care.

The Hospice Foundation of America said the care is “designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.”

Maureen Metcalfe, executive director for AseraCare Hospice of York, said research has shown that people receiving hospice care can live longer than similar patients who do not opt for hospice.

Metcalfe is hoping to spread the word about the benefits of hospice.

AseraCare will host an education and awareness event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 30 at its 44 Bowman Road, Jackson Township, location.

“We are holding this open house as an educational event for the community to see that AseraCare Hospice is not only about dying,” said Metcalf.

“Hospice care also helps people with a life-limiting illness focus on living as fully as possible for as long as possible,” she added.

The open house will feature a series of short seminars and demonstrations on music therapy with Harmony of Hearts, pet therapy and Reiki. All of these end-of-life therapies are are offered to patients in addition to round-the-clock registered nurses, aides, social workers, spiritual guides, bereavement counselors and inpatient continuous care.

Dr. Julie Nickles, AseraCare Hospice medical director, will also be available to answer questions about hospice care.

For more information about the event, call 717-845-8599.

About April Trotter

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