There are many misconceptions of what Hospice is and what they do. Here’s some information you may not be aware of.
Hospice is not just for cancer patients. Hospice care is for patients and their families during any life-limiting illness. It’s care that provides comfort and support to patients facing life-threatening illnesses with a life expectancy of six months or less.
It is not necessary to go to a Hospice facility for care. Within the past decade, approximately 90% of Hospice care was within the patients’ home.
After the patient’s death, Hospice will provide grief support to families for a year, and in some cases, even longer.
There are over 2800 Hospice programs across the country and several in NH. Here is a (partial) list of Hospice organizations that serve our communities:
Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of NH & VT (www.vnavnh.org)
Community Hospice House (www.hhhc.org)
Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services (www.hcsservices.org)
Amedisys Home Health Care (www.amedisys.com)
Beacon Hospice (www.beaconhospice.com)
There are many other NH-based Hospice organizations not listed above. If there is one you are particularly fond of, please share your comments.