Program is demystifying the ‘H’ word

Program is demystifying the ‘H’ word

Debra Wagner from Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care of NEO will examine general myths associated with hospice.


Dover Public Library will host a virtual program titled “Demystifying the ‘H’ Word” on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Debra Wagner from Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care of NEO will examine general myths associated with hospice including who qualifies and what hospice does and does not do. She also will lead a discussion about when to consider service.

When a loved one is nearing an end-of-life stage, the family has difficult choices to make that will impact the outcome for their loved one. According to the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice, one of their most important functions is to provide advocacy, education, information and research in order to provide quality home and community-based healthcare.

It is widely recognized that one of the most important decisions a person or a family will make is choosing a hospice provider and when to seek help. People have differing ideas about what hospice care offers.

Hospice care may include palliative care, pain and symptom management, grief counseling and recovery, specialized disease care, and caregiver support. The most effective plans of care take into account all aspects of care (physical, emotional, spiritual) to allow the patient to live in comfort and dignity.

The mission of hospice care is to provide support for the person and the caregivers wherever and whenever those services are needed.

Wagner received a BSN from Kent State University and then served the greater community by working in ER/trauma, long-term care and hospice. She has been a travel nurse, hospital nursing supervisor and educator. She has been with Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care of NEO for more than seven years.

Wagner serves as site educator and the education coordinator. She said she has a passion for teaching through a humorous approach when appropriate.

During this program Wagner will present information that is essential to making informed decisions during stressful times.

To register, go to or email Sherrel Rieger at

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