Although it is a hard subject to talk about, quality care at the end of life is incredibly important, both for the resident, their family members, and Assisted Living staff members who have come to form strong bonds. We have written in past News & Views issues about the importance of partnering with hospice providers to provide this essential service, and in the 2013 Year in Review, we reported on CALA’s beneficial partnership with the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA).
This November, we encourage all our members to observe National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. It is likely that we have all been comforted by a hospice provider as they cared for our loved ones. This month is the perfect time to honor those providers and the incredible work they do, and to raise awareness in the community-at-large about hospice and palliative care services.
On the Moments of Life website, published by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, you can learn about the history of hospice in the United States and download resource guides to help educate others. You can read personal stories of others or even share your own. You can also use the hashtags #hospicemonth and #moremoments to spread the word on social media. However you choose to observe this month, we hope that you take the time to reflect on how hospice provides essential care and solace to those at the end of life and their loved ones.
If you’d like to learn more about CALA’s partnership with CHAPCA or access hospice resources for Assisted Living providers, visit CALA’s End of Life Resources webpage.