NHPCO’s Offers Guidance to Help People Make a Choice about a Hospice Provider
(Alexandria, Va) – 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.
A free worksheet from NHPCO, Choosing a Quality Hospice, will help patients and families with some of the important questions they should consider when learning about or choosing a hospice.
Some basic points about hospice that are helpful to know:
“With multiple hospices serving most communities, it can seem overwhelming to select one,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach. “We want to ensure that all people in need of this person-centered care find a quality provider and that’s why we’ve created this worksheet with helpful questions.”
“It is also so important to learn about the options for hospice before they might need them. Hospices are happy to help people understand the range of services offered and when might be the best time for a person to transition to hospice care,” Banach added. NHPCO suggests the best way to begin is by reaching out to the hospice providers in your area to find the one best equipped to meet your specific needs.
Some of the questions important in choosing a quality hospice include:
Another question 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.
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.
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