Practices get underway for fall sports Jays soon to begin quest for SHAC title Western Brown to hold Meet the Teams Night and OHSAA parent meeting Aug. 8 Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Ripley officer receives commendation for quick action Bicentennial at Ripley First Presbyterian RULH welcomes new school principals Aberdeen’s Police Dept. continues to grow Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London

‘Hospice’ is not a dreaded word

“Hospice” is a word no family wants to hear. When you’ve been fighting an illness for many years, even decades, or have just learned of a new disease, hearing that your loved one needs hospice care can be devastating. And receiving word that hospice is being “called in” for a community member triggers the thought process that they are in their final days or even hours.

But what if I told you that what you know about hospice care probably isn’t accurate? What if I told you that choosing hospice doesn’t mean you’re “giving up”? That getting hospice care doesn’t mean your family member is going to die tomorrow…or even next week?

Choosing hospice care, or “comfort care,” simply means you are done seeking aggressive or curative treatment; and, if the disease runs its course without treatment, death would occur in about six months. It does not mean that your family member will definitely die in that time, but typically that is what is seen with that particular disease.

The most common illness people think of with “comfort care” is cancer. Maybe your doctor has told you there’s nothing more they can do to treat your family member’s cancer. Or maybe they are tired of going to chemotherapy and radiation appointments and just want enjoy time with you family. Both of those situations would be candidates to receive hospice care. However, there are many more illnesses that can benefit from “comfort care”: Heart diseases such as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), neurological disease such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, liver diseases, stroke (CVA), and many more.

If your loved one has one of the above diseases and/or has any of the following, please consider contacting Hospice of Hope for further evaluation: frequent hospitalizations or ER visits in the last six months; an increase in weight loss, tiredness, weakness; or has had recurrent infections, changes in their mental status or lost the ability to do things independently. Any person, even a family member, can refer someone to hospice services…it only takes one phone call. At Hospice of Hope, our goal is to remove some of the burden of being a caregiver and allow you to just be family during this time by providing you with friendly, local staff that truly cares. By choosing hospice, you aren’t giving up…you are giving hope.

Our RN Case Managers, Nurse Aides, Social Workers, Chaplains and Volunteers visit frequently to ensure your loved one is as comfortable, but as present, as possible. Hospice of Hope also has trained staff that provides “complimentary” therapies such as massage, music, aroma, and pet therapies. We also have the only in-patient hospice care center located in Adams County Regional Medical Center which is available for respite care, pain or symptom management, or to be used during the final days when your loved one can no longer be cared for at home.

Don’t wait until “it’s time.” Talk to hospice about your loved one’s condition and see if you or they are eligible for hospice care. Death is unavoidable but you get to choose how well you live until that time.

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