NHPCONational Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (Alexandria, VA)
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Palliative care is comprehensive care for patients of all ages, including children who are living with a life-limiting illness (NHPCO, n.d.).
According to the NHPCO, hospice is considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness.
For more information and a listing of hospices, visit wehonorveter ans.org or nhpco.org.
(127) See NHPCO, supra note 13, at 11-12 (describing the level of care hospice patients receive)
Search the website of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization at nhpco.org.
Attention to end-of-life care for patients with end-stage dementia has been slow to develop, with Sachs, Shega, and Cox-Hayley (2004) classifying the current state of end-stage dementia care as "suboptimal." Even though 81 percent of hospice patients are over age 65, the number of individuals with end-stage dementia who are served by hospice programs is less than 10 percent (NHPCO, 2005), a slight increase from the 7 percent identified in 2003 (Jennings, 2003).With dementia being the fifth leading cause of death among individuals 65 and older (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2004), this equates to only a fraction of the thousands of patients who die annually of dementia receiving specialized end-of-life care provided by hospice programs (Jennings, 2003).
The greatest concentration of these expenditures is in the last month of life (NHPCO, 2009).
Three of those counties have only one facility each (NHPCO, 2009).
palliative care has become specialized in the care of the dying and largely provided to cancer patients in a home-based setting under the auspice of hospice care, which requires a life expectation of six months or less (Brooksbank, 2009; Gwyther, Brennan, Obs, & Harding, 2009; Nakazawa, Miyashita, Morita, Umeda, Oyagi & Ogasawara, 2009; NHPCO, 2009).
In 2001, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) identified the assessment of sexuality as a core competency for social workers in end-of-life care settings (Hay & Johnson, 2001).
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is urging members to push for a permanent freeze.