National Hospice Month

In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in November, Sharp HospiceCare brings you the following facts, information and helpful resources about the hope and dignity that is hospice care.

What Is Hospice Care?
Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient's loved ones as well.

How Does Hospice Care Work?
Typically, a family member serves as the primary caregiver and, when appropriate, helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care or other services.

What Is Advanced Health Care Planning?
Taking personal responsibility for your health care requires creating a roadmap for handling changes in your health. Creating an effective plan requires in-depth knowledge about your health situation, consideration of cultural and religious beliefs, individual preferences and comprehensive communication with family members and your physician. Learn more about advanced care planning and consider creating your own advanced health care directive.

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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
This national nonprofit organization advocates for the terminally ill and their families and provides education on hospice and palliative care. The organization reports many facts on hospice care, including:

  • An estimated 400,000 trained volunteers provide 5.1 percent of patient- and family-related services to patients and assist with fundraising, community outreach and administrative work
  • More than 1.4 million Americans with life-limiting illness were served by the nation's hospices last year
  • Research shows that 8 out of 10 Americans would want to stay in their homes surrounded by family and loved ones if they were faced with a life-limiting illness
  • The median length of time people receive hospice is 20.6 days

For More Information
To learn more, visit Hospice in Sharp's services and learn more about our drop-in bereavement counseling group.

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