Wednesday, July 7, 2010

HFA Launches New Hospice Information Center

In its ongoing effort to inform and assist the public, Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) now offers a wide range of online resources for families, friends and professionals at its newly launched Hospice Information Center. Part of HFA CARES: Hospice Foundation of America's Conversations, Advice, Resources and Education Series, the project is funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

The online Hospice Information Center provides information about hospice care and other aspects of end of life, such as caregiving, grief, and palliative care. Visitors to the site are invited to:
  • Listen to the Voices of people who have experienced hospice, who work in hospice, and other experts who work in the area of grief and bereavement.
  • Educate Yourself and Others about the basics of hospice care, grief, and caregiving. Online presentations are available to access information in a convenient, user-friendly format; free continuing education credits are available for some programs.
  • Read and Share Resources on end-of-life care, hospice, and grief and bereavement. HFA has developed one-page Fact Sheets on many topics. Print resources are also available in Spanish, and materials in Chinese and Vietnamese will be available soon.
  • Ask HFA questions about hospice care, caregiving, and grief.
The resources in the Hospice Information Center make it easier for family and friends to learn about hospice and how it can help people cope with some of life's most challenging situations, in a format that is accessible and understandable. The programming also provides hospices and other community organizations the opportunity to educate staff and volunteers about the basics of hospice care, caregiving, and grief. Brochures are available to download and share, and links are provided to guide viewers to more information on a variety of subjects.

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