Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) November 06, 2013
The number of Americans taking advantage of the compassionate care hospice offers families coping with a life-limiting illness holds steady – an estimated 1.5 to 1.6 million patients in 2012 – reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
While many Americans are taking advantage of hospice care services, NHPCO continues to be concerned about the number of patients who experience these services for a short period of time. In 2012, 35.5 percent died or were discharged within seven days of admission, a statistic consistent with the previous year.
The unique inter-disciplinary team of hospice is equipped to aid patients through the last months of life. Earlier access to hospice care can reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations; additionally, quality of life for patients and family caregivers can be greatly improved.
NHPCO has released the new edition of its report, Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America (PDF).that is available on the NHPCO website.
“As hospice and palliative care professionals, we need to continue reaching out to patients and family caregivers to help them understand all the benefits that hospice care brings,” said J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD, NHPCO president and CEO. “And as part of our ongoing engagement efforts, we must continue our efforts to reach communities that are under-utilizing hospice care.”
NHPCO’s annual publication Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America reports on hospice trends and provides updated information on the growth, delivery, and quality of hospice care in the U.S.
Representative statistics from the new report:
Hospice provides high quality medical care and services from an interdisciplinary team of professionals and trained volunteers that maximizes quality of life and makes the wishes of the patient a priority.
More information about hospice and advance care planning is available from NHPCO’s Caring Connections, caringinfo.org.