U.P. hospice founder talks about educating on hospice care

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Hospice care is a common choice for people who are given a life-ending or life-altering diagnosis. However, many people may not know hospice care has roots in the Upper Peninsula.

Cindy Nyquist is one of the founders of hospice care. She says she had the idea to open a volunteer-run facility in 1973 in the Marquette area, which turned out to be one of the first hospice care centers in the country.

Nyquist says many people think hospice care is all about death, but she says it's all about living life to the best of ability.

Nowadays, Nyquist says she's focused on PEP, which stands for Palliation, Education, Empowerment, and Priorities. Palliation is about treating symptoms of a diagnosis, education is teaching patients about what their diagnosis means, empowerment is about giving patients courage and strength to live their life to the best of their ability, and priority is about setting priorities in life.

For more information about hospice care, contact U.P. Home Health and Hospice at 906-225-4545 or 906-485-4545.