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NHPCO free resources on end-of-life issues

Posted By admin | 01/25/2018

NHPCO gives free resources on a variety of end-of-life issues to people through Caring Connections Web site and InfoLine.They provide a free searchable database of member hospices, palliative care providers, coalitions and other resources.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization with its mission to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life, is the largest nonprofit membership organization for 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 compassion. Hospice provides emotional and spiritual support to patients and relatives, team-oriented approach, patient-centered pain management.

Founded in 1978, as the National Hospice Organization, the organization changed its name in 2000 to include palliative care to reflect the range of care and services provided, as hospice care and palliative care share the same core values and philosophies.Defined by the World Health Organization in 1990, palliative care seeks to address physical pain, emotional, social, and spiritual pain striving to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Palliative care extends the principles of hospice care to a broader population who can receive this sort of care earlier in their illness or disease process. Many hospice programs in fact encourage access to care earlier in the illness or disease process. Health care professionals who specialize in hospice and palliative care work closely with staff and volunteers to address all the symptoms of illness, with the aim of promoting comfort and dignity.

NHPCO boasts headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, and advocates for the terminally ill and their families. It also advances public and professional educational programs to enhance understanding and availability of hospice and palliative care; arranges frequent meetings and symposia on emerging relevant issues; provides technical informational resources to its membership; conducts research; monitors Congressional and regulatory activities; and works closely with other organizations that share an interest in end of life care.

NHPCO participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #11241) and is a member of the CFC Community Health Charities program. The affiliate Organizations are National Hospice Foundation and Hospice Action Network.visit https://www.nhpco.org/for more information.