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Hospice of Western Reserve helps patients, families

12/1/2011 – West Side Leader

By Maria Lindsay

BATH — Hospice of Western Reserve is a community-based nonprofit agency providing comfort care and emotional support to patients and their families, regardless of age, disease or ability to pay, according to hospice officials.

“We serve the insured and uninsured,” said Tracy Frazee, RN, clinical team leader. “In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

“We also have a pediatric program, provide services for expecting mothers who know the baby will not survive and work with school districts requesting our help,” she added.

Frazee stressed studies have shown people with hospice care live longer with it than without.

“It is not about giving up — lots of patients become stable and go home,” she said. “It is about a better quality of life. Hospice is living life to the fullest until the very end.”

State-tested nursing assistants can improve patients’ quality of life with medical equipment; medications; treatments; expressive therapies, including art and music for patients and family members; message therapy for patients and family members; and spiritual care, according to Frazee.

“In addition, we offer legacy services, which gives patients an opportunity to leave a lasting memory for family members through songs written for children, scrapbooking and journals, videotape messages or anything else,” said Frazee. “We offer life enrichment and help grant final wishes by working with Make-a-Wish Foundation. We do anything we can to help our patients get closure with their family.”

Frazee said services are provided at a patient’s home, in a hospital and in assisted-living and long-term care facilities anywhere in Summit County and parts of Medina and Stark counties.

Patients with no caregiver or whose family cannot care for them at home may stay at one of the organization’s care centers, including one at the David Simpson Hospice House, which is a 42-bed residential facility located at 300 E. 185th St. in Cleveland.

Hospice of Western Reserve also offers bereavement services to a patient’s family for more than one year following the loss of a loved one.

In addition, the organization accepts speaking engagements to talk about end-of-life issues, such as advance planning, grief and loss, caregiver burnout and other topics.

For more information about Hospice of Western Reserve, which has an office at 150 Springside Drive, Suite A-100, visit www.hospicewr.org or call 330-800-2240 in Summit County or 216-383-3700 to make a referral.

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