In the May 2018 edition of Consumer Reports on Health, they provide readers with a guide that explains some of the basics about how hospice works, tips on hospice, and links to helpful resources.
The article begins:
W hen you or someone you love receives a terminal-illness diagnosis, it’s hard to know what to do next. But hospice can provide support and care during this critical time.
It is designed to aid families and patients in the final stages of a terminal illness, with a focus on increasing the quality of life rather than on a cure, says Shoshana Ungerleider, M.D., a physician at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
Hospice attends to “things like comfort, whether it be physical pain, spiritual suffering, or other symptoms,” Ungerleider says. “The goal is to allow patients and their families to be comfortable and pain-free, as much as possible, so that they can live each day . . . in line with their goals and values.”
A number of helpful links are included in the article as well.
The article was made available online following release of the news on April 16 that former First Lady Barbara Bush has decided to opt for comfort care as opposed to further aggressive therapies. Read the NHPCO release, “What is Comfort Care?”
Read the full Consumer Reports article online.