Hospice & Palliative Care Month
The Medicare Hospice Benefit provides a person-centered approach to care, offering services based on a person’s unique care needs and wishes. Hospice offers a team-oriented approach to treatment that includes expert medical care, comprehensive pain management, and emotional and spiritual support.
November is National Hospice & Palliative Care month. We want to do our part to raise awareness for Hospice and Palliative Care. Hospice care can do wonderful, remarkable things and those who work in the industry know first hand. That is why we ask that you take a look at My Hospice and support the Hospice Action Network in reinforcing the value of the Medicare hospice benefit and guaranteeing access for all americans.
Hospice care helps people focus on living.
For more than 35 years, the Medicare hospice program has helped people spend their final months at home, surrounded by family and friends, with comfort and dignity. In an increasingly fragmented health care system, hospice shows how health care can – and should – work at its best.
At the VNA Hospice and Palliative care of Southern California we strive to provide the highest quality of care to patients, families and their caregivers. This includes being experts at pain management and patient comfort at the end-of-life when it matters the most. We wholeheartedly support the efforts of the NHPCO and the Hospice Action Network to help raise awareness of three fundamental benefits of hospice & palliative care:
- 1. As Medicare’s first coordinated care model, hospice is a program that works.
- 2. Patients and families must continue to have timely access to high quality, comprehensive hospice care.
- 3. Future health reforms should build upon the successful hospice model by expanding access to comprehensive, coordinated care and person- and family-centered care to all patients with serious, advanced and life-limiting illnesses.
The Benefits of Hospice Care
These wonderful print-ready handouts share meaningful ways in which hospice and palliative care can reach out and help people in so many different ways. It’s really a shame hospice care doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. You can help change that. Print and share a handout with somebody you know and you can start doing your part to make a difference.
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September was National Pain Awareness Month
September was National Pain Awareness Month. There is a misconception that pain is a natural part of aging or illness. There is almost always a reason why somebody is experiencing pain, whether that be physically, emotionally, or psychologically.
Find out more about how we manage pain at the end-of-life