For more than forty years, hospices in the U.S. have been caring for patients and families at life’s 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 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 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 – NHPCO’s 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 online.