During serious illness, CaringInfo is here to help you make informed decisions about care and services before a crisis.
Understanding and discussing topics like advance directives, palliative care, caregiving and hospice care may feel overwhelming on top of dealing with a serious or life-limiting illness. Our guides and resources are here to help you through the journey you are on and to aid you in understanding the choices you have.
Getting Prepared for Care and Being Present
When facing a serious, life-limiting illness, you want to feel both prepared – so you can understand your choices and make decisions – and present – so that you are mindful of today’s needs.
Understanding and using the resources available to you, whether you are a patient or caregiver may be overwhelming. Whether its medical resources such as palliative care and hospice, financial resources such as Medicare and insurance, or other items like advance directives or bereavement care, we will help you navigate them so you can have the experience that is best for you.
Communicating Care Wishes Openly and Honestly
Open, honest conversations about end-of-life will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want if you are ever facing a healthcare or medical crisis.
These conversations – initiated by the patient or by those caring for them – form the basis for any written expression of wishes such as an advance directive.
Giving Care and Getting Support
Caregivers provide support to someone who needs help. It doesn’t matter how many hours per week are spent providing support, caring for a family member or friend is not easy, nor is it something most of us are prepared to do.
Often, we don’t even think of ourselves as caregivers, we are simply stepping up to do what needs to be done, be it paying bills, talking with doctors, or being present 24 hours a day. These tasks can be new, even bewildering, but CaringInfo is here to provide the information you need.
CaringInfo is here to provide the information you need.
Find a Care Provider
NHPCO has created a tool allowing you to find hospice, palliative care, and bereavement service providers that may be near you.