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Seniors Need to Understand Hospice, Palliative Care - Free Videos Online
National Hospice and
Palliative Care Organization expands its available video resources to
focus on advance care planning, grief, caregiving and more
Dec. 4, 2014 Hospice and palliative care are
things we seldom think about. So, many of us have just a foggy idea of
what it is, and, too often, have to get a crash course when the need
arises. Senior citizens and their caregivers need to be better informed
and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is making it
easier with a group of videos that can be viewed free online.
For more than forty years, hospices in the U.S.
have been caring for patients and families at lifes end and hospice has
grown to serve more than 1.6 million terminally ill people every year.
Yet, professionals in the field still see a need for basic information
about hospice, advance care planning, caregiving and grief.
The NHPCO has added to its available video
resources to offer new videos
● touching on four timely topics:
● facts about hospice,
● advance care planning tips,
● understanding grief, and
● caregiver stress.
The videos are available on
Moments of Life:
Made Possible by Hospice NHPCOs national engagement
campaign. Moments of Life is known for the many videos and stories of
actual patients and families that share the ways that hospice has helped
them live as fully as possible.
These new videos are instructional in nature and
provide information about common experiences that people share when
coping with issues at the end of life:
Understanding Hospice Shares ten facts about
hospice care that people may not realize.
Grief: A Part of Living Helps explain grief
and offers tips about coping with loss.
Planning for End-of-Life Care Discusses ways
to start the important conversation with friends and family about end of
life issues, including what to do when the worst happens.
Caregiver Stress Offers signs of caregiver
burnout ideas about caring for the caregiver.
The importance of patients and families
understanding the range of options when facing a serious or
life-limiting illness was highlighted in the recent Institute of
Medicine report, Dying in America, so we hope these videos will add to
resources available to families, said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO
president and CEO.
NHPCO developed these new videos in collaboration
with the Internet educator Knowlera, creator of the online information
portal, MonkeySee.com. A previous series of videos explaining the basics
of hospice care that was created in 2010 has reached millions of viewers
Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice website, which features
stories on people who have benefited from this service and provides more
information about hospice and palliative care.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care
Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization
representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in
the United States. Visit
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website
More about preparing for the
end of life at National Institutes of Health's Senior Health