Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by health professionals and volunteers. They give medical, psychological and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity. The caregivers try to control pain and other symptoms so a person can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family.
Usually, a hospice patient is expected to live six months or less. Hospice care can take place
- at home
- at a hospice center
- in a hospital
- in a skilled nursing facility
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- Hospice Foundation of America
- This national organization provides end-of-life care resources for professionals, patients and families. The website's interactive tools include an "Ask HFA" resource to get your question(s) answered by a hospice expert.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
- This organization's "Caring Connections" site was created by NHPCO to provide free, easy-to-understand resources on a variety of hospice-related issues.
- End-of-Life Care, Health in Aging
- This link takes you to information about a wide range of end-of-life considerations.
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
- The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine.
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- Established in 1996, The National Alliance for Caregiving is a nonprofit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving. The alliance was created to conduct research, do policy analysis, develop national programs, increase public awareness of family caregiving issues, work to strengthen state and local caregiving coalitions, and represent the U.S. caregiving community internationally.
- Association for Death Education and Counseling
- The Association for Death Education and Counseling is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling and research in thanatology. Based on quality research, theory and practice, the association provides information, support and resources to its international, multicultural, multidisciplinary membership and to the public.
- Aging, HealthInfoSource
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- Pathways Hospice
- Pathways Hospice is a local nonprofit serving Larimer County and western Weld County. Pathways provides symptom management and support for those with serious long-term illnesses, expert medical and hospice care for individuals in the last months of life, and grief counseling and programs for those mourning the loss of a loved one.
- Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies
- The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of the Rockies believes in the value of hospice care as the highest quality care for patients and family caregivers struggling with serious and life-limiting illness. It is the mission of the HPCAR to work to increase access to palliative and hospice services and promote quality standards of care for all citizens of Colorado and Wyoming. This website includes a lookup tool to find local hospice resources throughout Colorado.
- Elder Care Network of Northern Colorado
- Find information on this site about the issues and challenges of caring for the elderly, including health, finances, long-term care and funeral services. It also looks at the responsibilities and expectations of caregivers.
- Poudre River Public Library District
- Search the library collection for books about hospice or palliative care, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.
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