National Hospice Month on Outer Banks

November is National Hospice month, and to show his appreciation, a local restaurant manager treated the staff of Dare County Home, Health and Hospice to lunch.

Hospice on the Outer Banks takes care of terminally ill residents, generally those with less than six months to live. Treatment is often in the home, where many patients care to spend their last days. The level of intrusion and treatment is decided upon by the families and local hospice staff. Buster Nunemaker, manager of Slammin Sammy's Restaurant, lost both his parents in recent years. He says without hospice, dealing with the inevitable loss, and maintaining dignity in the remaining days would have been impossible.

Dare Home Health and Hospice says November is also the time to remember those in the spiritual caregiving field, as well as the many fundraisers who help offset the cost of treatment for the uninsured.