Hospice

About Hospice

Hospice is a program in which an interdisciplinary team of caregivers provides comfort, support and dignity to terminally ill people when medical treatment is no longer expected to cure the disease or prolong life. A hospice team gives palliative care and emotional and spiritual support to people who are close to the end of life and are not likely to live for more than 6 months.
Most people say they want to die at home – seven out of 10 according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Many Americans end up dying in facilities such as hospitals or nursing homes and receiving care that is not consistent with their wishes. When appropriate for the individual, hospice can help those who wish to die at home to do so with the kind of care that addresses their symptoms and makes them more comfortable during the dying process.
Hospice is an approach to care, so it is not tied to a specific place. It can be provided wherever the person resides, most often at home, but also at a hospice center, hospital, or nursing home. It is voluntary and also involves and supports the individual’s family and/or loved ones.

Hospice can be provided wherever the person resides, most often at home, but also at a hospice center, hospital, or nursing home. 

Hospice-related news

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Hospice Foundation of America

Hospice Foundation of America’s goal is to provide leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health care system and the role of hospice within it.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care

New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care serves its membership through advocacy, networking, education and communication by promoting success and best practices for home care, hospice and related home health support services.