Karen Smothers Receives National Recognition for Delivery of Superior Hospice Care during National Nursing Assistants Week
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Hospice Compassus program serving Lafayette and the surrounding areas recognizes Karen Smothers during the 38th Annual National Nursing Assistants Week June 11-18 for providing the highest level of quality hospice care for patients and their families.
“We are proud to recognize Karen for the compassionate hospice care she provides our patients and families,” said Connie Boyd, Executive Director for Hospice Compassus – Lafayette. “Karen’s positive and caring attitude, exceptional ability to understand and comfort patients, and willingness to support colleagues makes her an integral part of our Hospice Compassus team.”
Nursing assistants provide as much as 90 percent of the direct long term care delivered in the United States. Hospice Compassus nursing assistants may provide care in the patient’s own home or the home of a loved one, a long-term care or assisted living facility, or hospital.
“With their regular visits, nursing assistants become trusted sources of comfort and support for patients and families, and they play an important role in our care team by relating any concerns regarding the patient to other members of our hospice team,” said Kemp Coreil, M.D., Medical Director for Hospice Compassus – Lafayette.
Hospice Compassus – Lafayette will recognize its local nursing assistants this week by presenting them with framed certificates of appreciation for their dedication to the patients and families they serve.
For more information about Hospice Compassus – Lafayette services, call (337) 235-8690.
Hospice Compassus has launched a national Advance Care Planning initiative to encourage everyone, regardless of health or age, to start the conversation about their health care decisions. Advance directives help healthcare providers and family alike understand and respect patient wishes, particularly when a patient is unable to speak for themselves. For more local resources on Advance Care Planning, call (337) 235-8690.