Choosing a Quality Local Hospice
Published: 2014-10-28 - Updated: 2020-12-04
Author: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization | Contact: momentsoflife.org
Synopsis: Free worksheet from NHPCO, Choosing a Quality Hospice, will help patients and families with questions to consider when learning about or choosing a hospice. Choosing a hospice to care for yourself or a loved one in the final months or even days of life is an important and stressful process. NHPCO suggests the best way to begin is by reaching out to the hospice providers in your community to find the one best equipped to meet your specific needs.
When a loved one is diagnosed with a serious or life-limiting illness, the questions facing an individual or a family can be overwhelming. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization recommends that people learn more about hospice as an important option before they are faced with a medical crisis.
Hospice is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes.
Since 2006 the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is organized by a committee of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, a network of hospice and palliative care national and regional organizations that support the development of hospice and palliative care worldwide. In 2014 the date is the 11th of October.
Hospices provide high-quality care specially tailored to your needs and valuable support to family caregivers. With multiple hospices serving some communities, it can seem challenging to select one. NHPCO suggests the best way to begin is by reaching out to the hospice providers in your community to find the one best equipped to meet your specific needs.
"Choosing a hospice to care for yourself or a loved one in the final months or even days of life is an important and stressful process," said J. Donald Schumacher NHPCO president and CEO. "Each hospice offers unique services and partners with specific community providers - so it's important to contact the hospices in your area and ask them questions to find the one with the services and support that are right for you."
Your physician, other healthcare providers or family friends that has taken advantage of hospice services in the past is another way to get a recommendation for a provider in your area. Some of the questions important in choosing a quality hospice include:
- Is the hospice Medicare certified
- What services do volunteers offer
- How are services provided after hours
- What services should I expect from the hospice
- Is the hospice accredited by a national organization
- When was the last state or federal survey of the program
- How and where does hospice provide short-term inpatient care
- How long does it typically take the hospice to enroll someone once the request for services is made
Another question that is often asked is when to begin hospice care.
Every patient and family must decide that based upon their unique needs; however, professionals encourage people to learn about care options long before they think they may need them. NHPCO encourages you to have that conversation with your healthcare practitioner and hospice providers in your area.
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