Letter: Hospice provides essential service

To the Editors:

November is National Hospice Month and I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to the professional staff and volunteers who provide hospice and palliative care at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

This non-profit agency has served patients and families in Fairfield County for more than 100 years and last year it was named one of the top home health care agencies in the United States by HomeCare Elite. The compassion and skill that these caretakers demonstrate on a daily basis is unsurpassed. They provide comfort at a time when that is what is needed most.

The number of patients served by hospice nationwide has steadily increased over the past several years and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that more than 1.5 million Americans received hospice care last year alone. Hospice has become a source of constancy in end-of-life care in the United States and that is due in great part to the quality of care patients and families receive.

Thank you to the wonderful nurses, aides, therapists, social workers, volunteers, and others at Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County who provide such an invaluable service to our communities.
Ken Edgar
Chairman, Board of Directors
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County
Norwalk, Nov. 2