National Hospice & Palliative Care Month November 2018

2018 National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care

HPP Celebrates November’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to help people understand all that hospice and palliative care offer. During the month of November, HPP will join organizations in raising awareness of hospice care and demonstrate its importance.

HPP’s resources in hospice and palliative care focus on life-affirmation, and offer support for professionals and families in end-of-life care. Visit the HPP Resource Center to read our Hospice Perspectives Series, where people share their stories of hospice care. While these stories do feature death, they also feature profound hope, compassion, comfort, and joy. They will touch your heart and provide invaluable insight into palliative care and the end of life.

HPP End-of-Life Products and Resources

The Hospice Team: Who We Are and How We CareThe Hospice Team
Who We Are and How We Care
By Rabbi Dr. Chaim Joseph Wender, F.LBC and Patricia Morrison, L.C.S.W.

COMING SOON! This series of essays by hospice team members—including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, music therapists, and more—sheds a light on hospice care, and demonstrates that hospice is not a place where people go to die, but a multifaceted service for easing the patient experience in accordance with his or her needs at a given time. These personal, compelling, and honest accounts will inspire all.




The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia, Second Edition The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia
Second Edition
By Joyce Simard

With compassion, sensitivity, and creativity, the Namaste Care™ program affirms the individuality and enduring spirit of each person through comforting and meaningful sensory-based experiences. Evocative scents, soothing music, and gentle massage are just part of this innovative program, which can be implemented with minimal resources and training and meets regulatory guidelines for person-centered activity programming.




Transitions in Dying and Bereavement, Second Edition Transitions in Dying and Bereavement
A Psychosocial Guide to Hospice and Palliative Care
Second Edition
By Victoria Hospice, Marney Thompson, M.A., and Wendy Wainwright, M.Ed.
Copyright © 2017 by Victoria Hospice. All rights reserved. 

Help guide patients and families through difficult end-of-life experiences with this compassionate, strengths-based approach from a team of expert counselors. Encompassing the journey through diagnosis, treatment, recurrence, palliative care, and bereavement, this guide describes appropriate interventions for each of the key transitions that most dying patients and their families face.



Facing Death Facing Death
A Companion in Words and Images
By Linda Watson
Photographs by Maggie Sale

Drawing upon a variety of spiritual traditions and standard psychological approaches, this book enriches the final days and weeks of life. Breathtaking nature photographs add depth and meaning to the text but also stand alone as a source of comfort.Emotional, spiritual, and psychological needs are addressed in a way that is accessible and broadly applicable. With its extra pages for personal notes, pictures, and mementos, the book will also become a valued keepsake after a loved one’s death.


Assessment Scales for Advanced Dementia

Assessment Scales for Advanced Dementia
By Ladislav Volicer and Ann Hurley

As internationally recognized pioneers in their field, Drs. Volicer and Hurley have brought critical attention to the unique issues and needs of people in the advanced stages of dementia. In this book, they bring together a culmination of more than 20 years of research on late-stage dementia, providing the best evidence-based measurement scales available for researchers and care providers who are seeking to improve care for people in the final stages of this increasingly prevalent disease.



From the HPP Resource Center

Hospice Perspectives

‘At Last I Found You:’ The Powerful Effect of Namaste Care

In My Own Voice: Pre-death Restlessness

Matthew’s Last Days

Messages for Dorothy

The Validation of Mrs. Trew

Additional Resources

What is Hospice?

Adjusting to Loss: 6 Psychosocial Interventions for Intense Emotions