Resources for Hospice Palliative Care
Posted by Hannah Sinemus on November 23rd, 2016
Posted in: Consumer Health, Health Professionals, News from NLM/NIH, Public Health
From the Outreach and Special Populations Branch:
Hospice care is end-of-life care provided by healthcare professionals and volunteers who give medical, psychological, and spiritual support to the terminally ill, while palliative care is treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. Hospice care always included palliative care.
November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month, and both patients who are seriously ill and their caregivers will often need guidance and information on hospice and palliative care options when facing end-of-life treatment. The National Library of Medicine provides a number of resources on palliative and hospice care, to help with these difficult decisions:
- Information for the general public: MedlinePlus provides Health Topics pages on both palliative care and hospice care, including links to basic information, clinical trials, journal articles, and more. Both pages are also available in Spanish, by selecting the “Español” link in the top left corner of the page (below the search box).
- Information for older adults: The NIHSeniorHealth page on end-of-life care includes information on pain/symptom management, addressing mental and emotional issues, care options, planning and paying for care, information for caregivers, and resources for coping with grief.
- Information for caregivers: The NLM 4 Caregivers social media campaign provides a Pinterest board linking to reliable resources on end-of-life care, including printable information sheets and booklets on end-of-life care from government and non-profit organizations.
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