The Umbrellas come to Charleston to build awareness of hospice care

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and Agapé Senior will transform the historic grounds of the U.S. Customs House in Charleston into a stunning display of color with more than 500 floral umbrellas for the Life Blooms Eternally display on Saturday Nov. 2 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to this free event where they will experience a stunning display with hundreds of floral umbrellas spread across the grounds of the US Customs House honoring National Hospice Month.

“Coping with a serious or life-limiting illness is not easy. Working with doctors and hospitals, navigating the maze of care needs, figuring out insurance coverage, all in addition to taking care of your family can be overwhelming,” said Lisa Livingston, executive director of the Agapé Senior Foundation and organizer of this year’s event. “We hope that through this beautiful and stunning display of flora umbrellas, each representing a life that was touch by hospice services, that we show the community that there’s help available that brings comfort, love and respect when they’re most needed.”

Hospice and palliative care are different than traditional healthcare services. Hospices provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. Palliative care makes these services available earlier in the course of an illness.

Together, hospice and palliative care combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that are so important for patients and family caregivers coping with serious and life-limiting illness.

“We’re working hard all year round to make sure people know the full range of services that we provide in the community,” added Livingston. “Yet during November, we want to do more to raise awareness, and these Life Blooms Eternally events have done just that with events at the State House in Columbia, and now this year here in Charleston and at four additional locations across South Carolina. We are proud to use this event, now in its 4th year, to bring awareness of hospice services to every resident of South Carolina.”

Every year, more than 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from the nation’s hospice and palliative care providers reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. While that number seems large, it is only a small percentage of those who are eligible and need hospice service.

As a tribute, a donation can be made to purchase one of the floral umbrellas in honor or memory of a loved one. Proceeds will benefit the Agapé Senior Foundation to assist hospice patients and their families.

For more information about the Life Blooms Eternally event, or to purchase an umbrella, please contact Lisa Livingston at (803) 454-0365.

Agapé Senior is a network of residential and health-related companies with services across South Carolina. For more information about Agapé Senior, visit AgapeSenior.com or call 1-800-411-AGAPÉ (2427).

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