National Hospice and Palliative Care Month: This November, Team Healtheo360 is celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, an annual celebration that helps raise awareness about specialized medical care. Sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), this year’s theme is Know Your Options!
Hospice and palliative care both provide comfort for a patient, however there are some distinct differences. Palliative care has no time restrictions and may begin at the time of a patient’s diagnosis. Hospice care is designed for patients who are considered terminal or within six months of death.
Providing support for a loved one facing the end of their life can be a difficult time. However, providing the right level of comfort can help patients enjoy their final days, months, or years. Here are three tips for choosing the right hospice care:
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month- Choosing Hospice Care Tip #1: Research
When choosing a hospice, it is important you learn as much about the provider as you can. Find out how long the hospice has been around and what kind of services they offer. Visit WhereToFindCare.com to read patient and caregiver reviews to help you find the right hospice for yourself or a loved one.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month- Choosing Hospice Care Tip #2: Location
Location is one of the most important factors when choosing a hospice provider. Hospice care can take place in a person’s home, at a nursing facility, or in a hospital. Every patient is unique and will prefer a location based on their case. Speak with nurses and hospice care employees to learn how far away they live from a patient.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month- Choosing Hospice Care Tip #3: Recommendations
An estimated 1.6 to 1.7 million patients receives hospice care each year. Many friends and family members have been personally affected by hospice care of a loved one. Reach out to family members, close friends, coworkers, and others for recommendations of healthcare providers. A personal recommendation is a sure way to know the hospice center can provide adequate care.
Visit NHPCO to find a hospice care provider near you.