Quality of Care for Quality of Life: Celebrating National Hospice Month
To celebrate Hospice Month in San Diego, San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine will host free community events such as a healthcare planning workshop, tours, art exhibit and more.
Throughout the month of November, hospice providers across the country are organizing Hospice Month events and raising awareness about hospice care as an important healthcare resource.
Hospice Month Events Hosted by San Diego Hospice
Locally, San Diego Hospice is pleased to present the following free events that are open to the general public in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month:
Gallery 4311 Art & Authors Exhibition; Sunday, Nov. 4 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Held at San Diego Hospice’s Inpatient Care Center (4311 Third Ave., San Diego, CA 92103), this hosted wine and cheese reception features live piano music, new artwork, and features authors Stacey Canfield and Candace Conradi.
San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade; Monday, Nov. 12 – 11:00 a.m.: As a way to thank veterans and their families for their sacrifice and service, San Diego Hospice is participating in the San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade in Downtown San Diego. “Breaking the Sound Barrier” is the theme of this year’s 65th anniversary parade.
Facebook Chat; Friday, Nov. 16 – 11:00 a.m. to noon: Participate in the San Diego Hospice Q&A chat with Scott Irwin, MD, PhD – Chief of Psychiatry and Psychosocial Services for San Diego Hospice. You don't have to have a Facebook account to view the discussion, but you do need a Facebook account and "like" the San Diego Hospice's Facebook page  to submit a question.
Roadmap to Healthcare Decision Making; Saturday, Nov. 17 – 9:00 a.m. to noon: Family members, caregivers and anyone in the community impacted by chronic or serious illness is invited to attend and learn how to ensure that your legal wishes are met, especially when you are unable to advocate for yourself. Local medical and legal experts will present valuable information to help you make informed decisions about your healthcare goals. RSVP is required by e-mailing email@example.com  or calling Brenda Field (619) 278-6403 by Nov. 15.
California’s Only Specially-Licensed Hospice-Hospital Tours: Explore San Diego Hospice’s beautiful Inpatient Care Center, located in Hillcrest at 4311 Third Avenue. Make sure you take this opportunity to learn more about hospice services and ask questions regarding end-of-life care. No reservations necessary. For more information, call Sherry Taylor-Englund at (619) 278-6297. Tours begin every 30 minutes on the following days:
- Thursday, Nov. 8 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
For more information about National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, please visit: www.sdhospice.org/hospice-month .
Hospice is the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a serious or life-threatening illness. This care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the needs and wishes of patients and their families.
Last year, over 1.58 million people received hospice care in the United States. Locally, San Diego Hospice cares for as many as 1,000 patients and their loved ones each day throughout the county. San Diego Hospice opened its doors as the first nonprofit hospice in San Diego County back in 1977. Now, the nonprofit organization has grown into the region’s largest and longest-running hospice program. For more information, visit online at www.sdhospice.org  or call toll-free 866-688-1600. Join our online communities on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , Google+ , YouTube  and The Caregiver’s Corner blog .