Hospices Respond to Influx of COVID Patients, Keep Families Connected

Posted on Monday, October 26, 2020

Hospices have been open for patients who have COVID-19, and since their patients are some of the most vulnerable, they have had to up their infection control to protect their patients.

“Hospice and palliative patients are high risk not just for COVID-19, but susceptible to any virus, cold or flu. They are individuals with a chronic illness that entails a vast number of comorbidities,” said Shelley Cartwright, CEO of Illinois-based Apex Hospice and Palliative Care. “Their immune systems are challenged and moments of exposure and possible contraction of COVID-19 are life threatening. The rallying of family improves the quality and end-of-life experience, it brings peace to the patients. The unique need of these patients and their families is the emotional connection between the two, which has changed because of the pandemic. This was taken from patients and families as the pandemic evolved.”

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