Chamber holds last meeting of the year


Hosparus Health gave the program for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce meet last Thursday. This is the last chamber meeting for 2017.

Denise Gloede, Executive Director of Palliative Care for Hosparus Health, said they serve people through serious stages of illness and stressed that the group is about more than hospice care, they want to help improve quality of life and make people as comfortable as possible during these stages.

“It is possible to help people have relief,” she said.

Gloede recently moved to the area from Wisconsin and works the Kentuckiana area. She said hosparus health visits people at home, those in in-patient care, assisted living facilities, hospitals and more.

“We go everywhere,” she said.

She gave some statistics for people to consider, including one that those who suffer from five or more chronic conditions have, on average, 51 prescriptions they have to get filled monthly.

Hosparus can help people manage their medications so they are not going to the drug store constantly to refill their prescriptions.

She also said 70% of people with chronic illnesses want to do die at home, but don’t know how to make it possible. Hosparus Health can help with that as well, she said.

The group also helps educate patients on their illnesses and offer grief support for the patient, as well as the surviving family once their loved one is gone.

For more information about the specialized hospice and palliative care offered by Hosparus, call the 24-hour care line at (800) 264-0521.

Also discussed at the meeting:

4-H Coordinator Megan Broughton said it was recently 4-H week and they are gearing up for 2018. She said it also cheese ball time and to watch in The Salem Leader for more information as the holidays approach.

Chamber Marketing Director Tara Kritzer said this year’s Christmas parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. The parade route has changed and will start at Cheddar Depot and make its way down Main Street to the Salem Square. Residents on Main Street are encouraged to decorate their yard for this year’s event.

The Chamber will hold its annual dinner on Saturday, where they will announce the Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Watch The Leader and Democrat next week for a full story on the winners.


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