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Promote understanding and support of quality hospice and palliative care

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The California Hospice Foundation (CHF)

The majority of Americans say they would prefer to be cared for and die at home and yet only 38% of us receive hospice care.

Most are never referred to hospice or are referred so late in the process that the patient and family cannot fully benefit from the services.

Quality information is essential if individuals and their loved ones are to be prepared for the choices that come with end-of-life. Not knowing about hospice and palliative care means not being able to choose a comprehensive approach to care at one of the most challenging and vulnerable times of our lives.

The California Hospice Foundation works to improve access to quality end-of-life care and educates patients, families, the community and healthcare professionals about hospice and palliative care. Contact us at (916) 925-3770 or (888) 252-1010 with questions or for information not found on this website.

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April 16, 2014

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What's New

More Help in Developing End-of-Life Plans

US News and World Report has just published an article on developing your end-of-life… Read more

Talking About Hospice

60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important.” 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes. One conversation can make all the difference. Visit The Conservation… Read more

How to Have “The Talk” Between Elderly Parents and Their Adult Children

Sheri Samotin, founder of LifeBridge Solutions, has suggestions for how to get elderly parents and their adult children to have “the talk.”  The most direct is simply to talk about your plans, and theirs, for aging and what documents are in… Read more

Help with Alabama Disaster Relief

Through May 15, Hospice Foundation of America will match all individual or corporate contributions up to $100 made to HFA for the Alabama Hospice Organization disaster relief effort.  Contact them at www.hospicefoundation.org/donate.  The National… Read more

Older People Who Lose Spouses From Natural Causes Recover More Quickly Than Previously Believed

Contrary to the popular belief that “the second year is harder than the first,” the work of George Bonanno shows that “most older people who lose spouses from natural causes recover much more quickly than we have come to expect.  In fact,… Read more

American Society of Clinical Oncology Urging More Candor with Cancer Patients and their Families

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is taking the lead in urging cancer specialists to talk to their patients about end-of life planning. They are also encouraging practitioners to focus on palliative care and symptom relief much sooner. The… Read more

FDA will cap the amount of acetaminophen in painkillers

The FDA will cap the amount of acetaminophen in painkillers at 325 milligrams per capsule.  Acetaminophen, found in “Tylenol, Nyquil and thousands of other medicines used to treat headaches, muscle aches and sore throats,” is also found in… Read more

Palliative Care is the future of care, says Sheehy

Gail Sheehy says that the term “end-of-life planning” has “become a political weapon, deliberately used to frighten people into believing their government is out to deny them life-extending treatment when bureaucrats decide they’re too old and… Read more

Baby boomers encouraged to have healthcare proxies and living wills.

Casey Dowd, Fox Business News writer, encourages baby boomers to have healthcare proxies and living wills.  He says the boomers “can-do” attitude has gotten them through this far, and will get them through the end of life.  “Will panels… Read more

Medical expenditures for cancer are expected to increase 27% by 2020

A National Institute of Health analysis has found that medical expenditures for cancer are expected to increase 27% by 2020 – to at least $158 billion.  The highest costs are expected to be with “breast cancer ($16.5 billion), followed by… Read more

 

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