Separating hospice fact from fiction

By Sidney Kirschner

Member, Riderwood Jewish Community

A terminal illness will change anyone’s way of living. When a physician certifies a diagnosis as most likely to shorten the resident’s remaining life to less than six months, the resident may choose to enter hospice care, either at Riderwood or at an offsite facility.

The Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) Hospice is offering a special program for the entire Riderwood community and interested family members. The program is entitled “Myths and Facts about Hospice.” Hospice Nurse Maria Kaplan will cover nursing aspects and Hospice Interfaith Chaplain Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan will address spiritual/religious topics. They will discuss the role of hospice, explain hospice philosophy and function of the hospice interdisciplinary team, review hospice coverage under Medicare and describe basics of end-of-life symptom management.

This informative, one-hour program, sponsored by the Riderwood Jewish Community, will be held in the Encore Theater on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please contact Maria Kaplan at
(301) 466-4296.

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