U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Hospice Care

FAQs: Home Health Care

Get answers to frequently asked questions about home health care and the broad range of professional healthcare and support services provided in the home.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Conversations Before the Crisis - (PDF)

Talk is the single most important thing that family and friends can do to prepare for the end of life of someone they love. Conversations before the crisis help a family cope with inevitable loss; preparing for death helps those who live on most of all.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Definitions of Palliative Care

Palliative care provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms, and is used early in the course of illness with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Palliative care intends neither to hasten nor postpone death.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

Hospice Education Institute

Definitions: Hospice vs. Palliative Care

Find out the differences between hospice and palliative care, and when these two types of care overlap.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

Hospice Education Institute

End of Life Information

The Hospice Foundation of America hopes to equip you with enough knowledge and understanding of the dying process to guide you through your end-of-life journey. This document describes what to expect before, during, and after the dying process.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

Hospice Foundation of America

Family Care Navigator

This state-by-state resource is intended to help you locate government, nonprofit, and private programs in your area. It includes services for family caregivers, as well as resources for older or disabled adults living at home or in residential care facilities.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

Family Caregiver Alliance

Find a Visiting Nurse Agency (VNA)

Locate a VNA, home healthcare or hospice provider in your local community.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

Visiting Nurse Associations of America

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines- (PDF)

Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Use these methods to safely dispose of them.

Review Date: March 17, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Medicare Hospice Benefits- (PDF)

The information in this booklet and the support given by a doctor and a trained hospice care team can help you choose the most appropriate health care options for someone who is terminally ill.

Review Date: November 14, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

NHPCO - Find a Provider

Find a local hospice or palliative care program offering compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, or call the NHPCO HelpLine at 1-800-658-8898.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.

Review Date: April 12, 2011

Hospice Foundation of America