Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Hospice and Palliative Care

HPP Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaitlin Konecke, Marketing Manager
Phone: 410-337-9585 x181
Email: kkonecke@healthpropress.com

HPP Celebrates November’s National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Baltimore, MD (November 2, 2018) — 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.

In recent months, a number of notable Americans have died. They include Senator John McCain, the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, and former first lady Barbara Bush. In many media reports, they were described as having “given up” on curative care late in their lives. Ms. Franklin opted for hospice care; Mrs. Bush received what was described as “comfort care.”

It is essential that people understand that hospice and palliative care is not giving up, it is not the abandonment of care, it is not reserved for the imminently dying,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Hospice is a successful model of person-centered care that brings hope, dignity and compassion when they are most needed. This is one reason that the national My Hospice Campaign was launched this year.

Every year, nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices in this country, reports NHPCO. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their family caregivers when a cure is not possible.

“It is so important to HPP to provide resources to families and professionals on person-centered end-of-life care, and to focus on the support and compassion that hospice can provide during difficult experiences,” says Mary Magnus, Director of Publications at Health Professions Press.

Throughout the month of November, HPP will be joining organizations across the nation highlighting how important hospice and palliative care can be.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and death and dying is available at https://www.healthpropress.com/end-of-life/, or from NHPCO’s caringinfo.org.

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