November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

2017 National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

This is a time to draw attention and awareness to this very special kind of care.

Friday, November 3rd is Hospice Awareness Social Media Day!

Visit National Hospice & Palliative Care Facebook or Twitter pages to share news and stories and share what you find here with your staff, your friends and family – or share a YouTube video!

To see videos and stories about the moments that hospice makes possible for patients and families, visit

What is Hospice Care
Hospice care provides pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible. The nation’s hospices serve more than 1.5 million people every year – and their family caregivers, too.

Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and in most cases care is provided in the patient’s home. Hospice care also is provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  Hospice services are available to patients of any age, religion, race, or illness.

Hospice care if fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans and HMOs. Many people only consider hospice care in the final days of life but hospice is ideally suited to care for patients and family caregivers for the final months of life.

What is Palliative Care
Palliative care brings the same interdisciplinary team care as hospice to people earlier in the course of a serious illness and can be provided along with other treatments that are intended to cure. This does not replace your care but provides an extra layer of support for you, your caregivers and family.

Hospices are the largest providers of palliative care services and can help answer questions about what might be most appropriate for a person.  Many hospitals also have palliative care teams available to provide services.

For more information about palliative care, current news, education browse HPCANYS Palliative Care Center

Hospice and palliative care are available to people of all ages with any serious or life-limiting illness.

Hospice and palliative care combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support for patients and family caregivers.

Hospice and palliative care can may a profound difference and help maximize the quality of life for all those they care for.