Hospice/Palliative Care Awareness: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization · NHPCO New Jersey Chapter · New Jersey Palliative Care Providers
All people are encouraged to learn about options for care – options like hospice and palliative care – before they are confronted with a healthcare crisis and to share such wishes through appropriate advance care planning activities. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.
“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”
Hospice and palliative care brings patients and family caregivers the highest quality care delivered by an interdisciplinary team of skilled professionals that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, counselors, health aides, spiritual care providers and others who make the wishes of each patient and family a priority.
Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.
Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, we see many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together. Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.
As a volunteer at a hospice noted, “Someone asked why I spend time volunteering for hospice. Because hospice was there for my family at a difficult time in our lives, and because hospice professionals provide the highest quality of medical care when people need it most. Why do I volunteer for hospice? It must be love!”
Stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at MomentsOfLife.org.