The number of Americans using hospice care continues to grow every year, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), which recently published a report providing an updated overview of hospice care in the U.S.
Recognizing that it’s often hard to know what to say or do to help someone who is grieving the death of a loved one, Reader’s Digest published a list of “9 true stories that will show you what people going through a loss really need.”
One of the benefits of hospice care is that it not only provides comprehensive care for the patient, but also supports the caregiver. To help people caring for a loved one, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has expanded its website to include practical information for caregivers.
Ever since hospice care became available in the USA in the 1970s, doctors, nurses, and other medical experts have collected data to help shed light on the many way hospice care can help patients who are facing a life-limiting illness.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are following anew policy, which stresses the important of palliative and hospice care for patients with advanced heart disease and those who have a stroke. The associations recommend an early start to palliative care and referral to hospice when patients can benefit from end-of-life care.