The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is making it easier for families to search for hospice providers through a new resource tool.
The free worksheet “Choosing a Quality Hospice,” available on NHPCO’s Moments of Life website, gives patients and families answers to questions they should consider when choosing a hospice.
For example, one of the questions asks, “Does the hospice own or operate a care facility to provide home-like care in a hospice residence, hospital or nursing home?” The answer: “This may be important to you if the care needed is complex and/or family caregivers cannot care for the person at home.”
The worksheet also explains that, should a crisis arise, some hospices offer limited in-home support on nights and weekends, while others are able to send staff out to a patient’s home regardless of the time or day the crisis arises.
Along with the worksheet, NHPCO offers other guidance to help people choose a hospice provider. The organization suggests reaching out to a patient’s physician or health care provider for recommendations and calling hospice providers in the patient’s community to find the one best equipped to meet their needs.