Seven out of 10 American deaths each year are due to chronic diseases. Palliative care helps manage chronic disease and other serious illnesses. Palliative care customizes treatment to meet the needs of each individual, and is designed to relieve pain, anxiety, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and other symptoms. It also provides emotional and spiritual support for patients and families.
Certified hospice care and palliative care nurse, Lores J. Vlaminck will be the guest speaker at a Palliative Care Discovery Dinner at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Madelia on Wednesday, November 28th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. She will be discussing the need for advance directives and the importance of having critical life conversations with your family. The event is sponsored by the Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic (MCHC). Soup will be served. Please call (507) 642-3255 to register.
Lores J. Vlaminck has over 34 years of professional nursing experience. Her extensive nursing background includes clinical practice in cardiac and intensive care, outpatient clinic services as well as serving as a home care and hospice administrator/director for 19 years in greater Minnesota. She is principal of Lores Consulting, a leading provider of consulting, training, and mentoring for hospice, assisted living, home care and related health care providers.
Palliative care is a specialized team approach to caring for seriously ill people and their families. The Madelia Palliative Care Initiative includes: Madelia Community Hospital & Clinic, Luther Memorial Home, Mayo Clinic Health Services Hospice, New Ulm Home Care & Hospice, Watonwan County Public Health and Wellspring Faith in Action. The team assists the patient and their family in better understanding treatment options and quality of life goals. It helps them live well in the face of advanced illness.