When facing a serious, life-limiting illness, you want to feel both prepared – so you can make decisions – and present – so that you are mindful of today’s needs. You will want to understand and use the resources available to you, whether you are a patient or caregiver.
There are medical resources such as palliative care and hospice, financial resources such as Medicare and insurance, legal resources such as advance directives, and personal resources such as bereavement care. There are also many informal supports such as connections with others going through similar experiences. We want to help you navigate all this so you can have the experience that is best for you.
Do you need help urgently?
If you or a loved are currently in crisis and you suddenly have need for care in handling an illness, there are a few items should prioritize over others.
We have gathered together guidance and resources around topics commonly encountered. These resources will help you understand how you can create a situation where you feel prepared.
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.