Hickory – ACAP Hickory (Adult Children of Aging Parents) presents “Caring for My Parent with Serious Illness: Palliative Medicine and Hospice” on Tuesday, May 8, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Location of the program (for this program only) is the Family Life Center of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 52 16th Ave., NW, Hickory. Speaker for the program is Julie Packer, RN, MSN, Director of Professional Relations, Catawba Regional Hospice.

Having a parent or other loved one who is seriously ill prompts a desire to find the best possible care (medically, physically, mentally and emotionally) for the loved one. One of the newest facets in the health care world is ‚Äúpalliative medicine,” the sensitive, comfort-oriented type of care that hospice nurses deliver to patients who are admitted to palliative care or hospice programs. The May 8 ACAP Hickory will offer a deeper understanding of Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care; how the services provide a continuum of medical, physical and emotional support for patients with serious, progressive illness; and how these two programs are similar but distinctive and unique from the other. In addition, program attendees will learn how these services are delivered, accessed and paid for so loved ones may receive a continuum of care, preventing lapses in support and re-hospitalizations. During the program, attendees will gain an understanding of palliative medicine and hospice care, and the unique continuum of care the medical practice model offers for adult patients with serious, progressive illness. In addition, attendees will become familiar with palliative medicine and hospice care services in the Unifour area; how, where, when and by whom care is delivered; how to access the services; and how payment for care received from both of these programs is covered.

We hope you will join us! To register for this FREE program, please contact us at fhall@ACAPcommunity.org or, toll-free, 1-877-599-ACAP (2227).

ACAP-Hickory gratefully acknowledges Catawba Regional Hospice as sponsor for the May program. ACAP-Hickory, the local chapter of ACAPcommunity, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides information, resources, support and community for adult-child caregivers as they care for their aging parents and for themselves. Cost-free educational programs are offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Hickory (2780 North Center Street, Hickory, NC), unless otherwise noted. Although designed for adult-child caregivers, programs are open to all.

For more information about ACAP-Hickory, including the monthly program schedule and audio podcasts that address a variety of topics related to aging and family caregiving, please visit www.ACAPcommunity.org or call us 1-877-599-ACAP (1-877-599-2227).