November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses.
Hospice care is special care for people who are terminally ill. It includes medical and physical care and help with social, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Hospice and palliative care empower people to live as fully as possible, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones, despite serious illnesses.
Each year, more than 1.65 million Americans living with serious illnesses get care from the nation’s hospice programs.
Each year, hospice saves Medicare more than $2 billion through care and comfort for patients and families.
Hospice care provides support for family and caregivers and can help take some of the stress of care off of them.
It’s important to know about your options and prepare to share your wishes before a healthcare crisis with advance care planning.