What is the difference between hospice and palliative care?

End of life discussion

Many people say they would rather die young than waste away in old age from degenerative disease.

What do you think?

If you were dying, what kind of care would you prefer to receive and where?

Would you refuse life-prolonging treatments?

Would you want help in ending your life?

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the US. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care for people dying in America and their loved ones.

Go to the organization’s website http://www.nhpco.org Links to an external site.

and click on Menu, Hospice, the link Facts and Figure on Hospice Care.

Answer the following questions

What is the average length of stay for Medicare patients enrolled in hospice?

What is the main diagnosis of Medicare hospice patients?

Go to https://www.nhpco.org/palliativecare/explanation-of-palliative-care/ Links to an external site.

Answer the following questions:

What is palliative care?

What is the difference between hospice and palliative care?

In the film, “I’d Rather Be Home” Norman experienced elder abuse. What might have been helpful in preventing the abuse or catching the abuse quicker?