November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month!
I am a huge supporter of hospice and palliative care, but I think it’s underutilized in our health care system.
My father, before he passed away two years ago, had the benefit of hospice care for a few weeks before his death. My husband’s family also received support from hospice when his father passed away four years ago.
I’ve found in my own experience that doctors often wait for the patient or the patient’s family to bring up the topic of hospice. That’s why it’s important for everyone to be more informed about what hospice is (or isn’t).
So to help inform and increase awareness, here are some of my favorite books and DVDs on the topic.
Disclosure: These links take you to Amazon for more information, but please save money and either check these books and DVDs out at your local library or buy them used and share with friends!
It’s also important to consider your own end-of-life wishes and how you would like to be treated. Share your thoughts with your spouse and adult children. If you have aging parents, ask them if they’ve discussed end-of-life care with each other and their care providers.
Too often we avoid this uncomfortable topic until it’s too late.
But if we start the conversation early we can avoid a lot of the emotional messiness. For more tips on talking about end-of-life care, check out some of my previous posts.
- Five Wishes
- “The Conversation”
- “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”
- A physician’s own end-of-life story
- End-of-life Forms: Living Wills, DNR and POLST
I also have end-of-life, hospice and palliative care resources linked on my Resources page.