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Don’t Wait

It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted.Far too many people wait until they are in […]

Paying for End-of-Life Care

How to pay for the rising costs of health care? Concerns over these costs are shared not only by elected officials but by almost every family across the country. Many baby boomers are providing care for their aging parents just as they are facing their own health care issues.Yet, for more than 25 years, the […]

Ten Myths about Hospice and Palliative Care

Ten Myths about Hospice and Palliative CareHospice isn’t a place. And hospice care is not just about those who are dying. Hospice is a comprehensive kind of care that focuses on living—it’s about living as fully as possible, surrounded by family and friends, up until the end of life. Palliative care brings this special philosophy […]

Eight Messages About Hospice Care

More than 1.4 million people were served by the nation’s hospice programs last year. Yet for every person that received hospice care, it is estimated that another individual would have benefited from the services of hospice but didn’t get this compassionate care at the end of their life.There are eight key messages about hospice care […]

Hospice Provides What Americans Want

The hospice philosophy holds that end-of-life care should emphasize quality of life. The object is to treat the whole person and not the disease. A nationwide Gallup survey conducted for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization produced five key outcomes: Nine out of 10 adults would prefer to be cared for at home rather […]