Below are a few resources that deal with hospice care and how it works:
The official federal government Medicare site provides a comprehensive array of articles explaining the Medicare Hospice program. For an overview, search for the link, How Hospice Works, or a useful booklet, “Medicare Hospice Benefits,” that is available as a downloadable PDF.
Next Step in Care
Next Step in Care is a program of the United Health Fund, an independent, nonprofit organization. The program is designed to provide guides to help New York family caregivers and health care providers work closely together to plan and implement safe and smooth transitions for chronically or seriously ill patients. The website offers a downloadable Family Caregiver’s Guide to Hospice and Palliative Care.
New York State Department of Health
This section of the health department website provides information about hospices in New York State, including what counties each hospice is licensed to serve, what services they offer, the results of Department of Health inspections, and any enforcement actions taken to redress deficiencies.
Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State
The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of New York State is a nonprofit organization representing hospice and palliative care programs, allied organizations and individuals interested in the development of quality, comprehensive end-of-life services. The website includes a “Find Care” section, which enables users to search for hospice providers and palliative care programs in New York by ZIP code.
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
This trade association represents the interests of chronically ill, disabled, and dying Americans of all ages and their caregivers. The website provides related news, reports, and a nationwide hospice agency locator, by city or ZIP code.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
This nonprofit membership organization represents hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The website provides an extensive array of resources about hospice and palliative care, including articles, webinars and other information for families and caregivers. It also offers a nationwide locator of hospice and palliative care providers, but city or ZIP code.
Nassau County Office for the Aging
www.nassaucountyny.gov (Click Medical, nursing, home care & long term care)
Provides information about hospice care, including a listing of several Medicare-certified programs serving Nassau County residents. The website also has a link the Nassau NY Connects (www.nassaucountyny.gov/PublicCRD/), which lists more than 30 hospice programs in the region.
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Through the VA’s Caregiver Support Program, local Caregiver Support Coordinators can arrange for palliative or hospice care services in a veteran’s home.
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