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Chamber Hears Talk On Hospice Care

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce General Membership meeting was Wednesday, June 10 at Little Nashville. 

Director Doris Povolish reported that there are now 110 members of the Chamber, up from 107 last year. 

The office has a new look to it now, as the carpet has been installed to go along with the new paint job. There was talk of having a ribbon cutting or open house event to show it off. 

Povolish also reported that there are now nine vendors for the Farmers Market. They will only be there until 11 a.m., but as the summer goes and there is more traffic, they will stay until noon. 

Povolish will attend training late this month on the Senior Coupons for the Farmers Market. They will be available beginning next month. 

Board member Sara Habbe talked about the Fall Festival and how it is going to be arranged differently in the same basic area as there is less space to use, due to the renovation of the Washington County Courthouse. 

They are currently working on getting the entertainment booked for the event in late September. Letters went out to vendors who have been there in the past years. 

Again, the website is up and running. Anyone with an event that would like it posted on the website message board, should contact Povolish at the office. 

The guest speaker for the meeting was Christine Litteken with the Hospice of Southern Illinois, a Chamber member. 

Litteken talked about how hospice can be a scary subject, but said that she wanted to alleviate some of the myths you have heard before, as it is there for the comfort of the patient and the family at the end of life and up to 6 months afterwards of the death. It is for when the dying person no longer wants treatment options, maybe just pain and symptom management.  

There are many services that a hospice provides from the moment the person has been told there is nothing else that can be done for them, at the home, hospital or nursing home. 

Many people don’t take advantage of these services, which can free them up to be with the terminally ill person, instead of worrying about things. 

Litteken also said setting up a living will and healthcare power of attorney will help someone trying to grieve, but thinks they have too much to do or worry about. 

For more information, call Hospice of Southern Illinois at 618-235-1703.

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