When a loved one is ill, recuperating or declining, most families must make decisions. One of the most important decisions is whether it’s better to keep the loved one at home or in a care facility. What are the advantages and disadvantages or each option?
Home Health Care and Hospice: Pros and Cons will be discussed by Brian Tuggle, owner/president of Personal Care Choices, and Ben Shaver, Hospice nurse. The presentation will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Blount County Public Library. Part of the Focus on Seniors series, this program is co-sponsored by the Blount County Public Library and the Blount County Office on Aging.
From their personal and professional experience, Tuggle and Shaver will provide information about home health care and hospice, the services that each type of care provides, occasions when their use is appropriate and what questions to ask.
Tuggle is the Owner/President of Personal Care Choices, located in Maryville. Since purchasing the company in 2003, Tuggle and his business partner have grown the business from one office with 12 caregivers covering four counties in East Tennessee to three offices with six managers and more than 100 caregivers providing non-medical, personal care services to the elderly and individuals with mental/physical disabilities.
Shaver, RN BSN has more than 25 years’ experience working in emergency medicine, medical education and hospice. He especially has enjoyed the hospice experience and has seen firsthand how much difference it makes to families and patients nearing the end of life. He’ll share the basics of the hospice experience, what professionals are involved in serving the patients, the services provided and how a family can obtain hospice care.
Open to the public, the program is sponsored by the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville, where services are an example of your tax dollars at work for you.
For further information about library programs or services, call the library at 982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.