We recently recognized World Hospice and Palliative Care Day by highlighting some of the ways we’ve supported palliative care throughout the years, but one day per year isn’t enough. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a whole 30 days dedicated to increasing understanding and awareness of care for people with chronic or serious illness.
According to a recent report from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), access to palliative care in the United States is improving, but still has a long way to go. In fact, the report shows that one-third of hospitals with fifty or more beds report no palliative care services, and one-third of the states received a grade of “C” or “D.”
National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is important because many of us will be faced with making decisions for ourselves or a loved one when facing a chronic or serious illness, and access to palliative care services can make all the difference.
While November is just one month out of 12, we hope it sparks conversations around palliative care that will continue until next November comes around.
See our infographic below or view it here to learn about our approach to advancing palliative care.