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WHEREAS, hospice and palliative care, most often delivered in the home, provides patients and families the highest quality of pain management, symptom control, caregiver training and assistance, and emotional and spiritual support. Being at home allows patients to live fully up until the final moments, surrounded and supported by loved ones, friends, and committed caregivers; and

WHEREAS, last year, more than one million Americans living with life-limiting illnesses along with their families, received care from the 3,300 hospice and palliative care programs in communities throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, professional and compassionate hospice staff and trained volunteers—including physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, health aides, and clergy-provide comprehensive care, making the wishes of each patient a priority; and

WHEREAS, providing high-quality hospice and palliative care reaffirms our belief in the essential dignity of every person, regardless of age, health, or social status, and that every stage of human life deserves to be treated with the utmost respect and care; and

WHEREAS, hospice and palliative care providers encourage all people to learn more about options of care and to share their wishes with family, loved ones, and their healthcare professionals; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we the City Council of the City of Brentwood do hereby proclaim the month of October 2005 as National Hospice/Palliative Care Month, and urge all citizens to increase their understanding and awareness of care at the end of life and to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs.

Dated this 25th day of October, 2005

Brian Swisher

City Administration
City of Brentwood City Council
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Brentwood, CA 94513
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