Palliative and Hospice Care

Palliative and hospice care can provide services to assure the highest quality of life and best possible end-of-life care for your loved one. These resources can help you understand the difference between palliative and hospice care and how to choose the best hospice service for your family.  A few resources are specific to Parkinson's disease (PD).

Downloadable Documents | Online Articles | Podcasts and Webinars

Downloadable Documents (PDF)

Choosing a Quality Hospice for You or Your Loved Ones

Published by The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Some questions developed to help you and your family identify important factors when selecting a hospice agency (PDF).

Palliative and Hospice Care

Published by the Parkinson’s Foundation

The information on this 2-page fact sheet (PDF) will help you better understand the differences between hospice and palliative care.  By learning about and discussing available options before they are needed, families can make thoughtful decisions instead of feeling pressured or rushed during a stressful or crisis situation.

Online Articles

About Hospice Care

Published by The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Information to help understand what hospice is and how it works, including questions to ask when choosing a hospice service and frequently asked questions about hospice.

About Palliative Care

Published by The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Information to help understand what palliative care is and how it works. This resource includes a frequently asked questions page and a chart to help determine if palliative or hospice care is the right choice for your loved one.

Choosing a Hospice: 17 Questions to Ask

Published by The American Hospice Foundation

Expert tips for questions to ask that will help you to choose the most appropriate hospice.

Find a Hospice Agency

Published by Medicare

Using this online resource, you can search and find Medicare-certified hospices in your area and compare their quality of care.

When is it Time to Call Hospice?

Published by

This article speaks to how important it is to understand when to engage hospice, and how one qualifies for services.

Podcasts and Webinars

Exploring End-of-Life Care Options

By NIHSeniorHealth, July 9, 2014

This 4-minute video looks at options for care at the end-of-life, explains the difference between hospice and palliative care, and discusses where you can receive end-of-life care, organizations to help you access end-of-life care and ways to pay for end-of-life care.

What Is Palliative Care


This 2-minute video uses the metaphore of a bridge to illustrate how palliative care provides support by shoring up your bridge when you face a serious illness. The text on the page above and below the video window defines palliative care, explains how a palliative care team can support your family and provides a link to an online quiz to determine if palliative care if right for your situation.

This list was updated by the Parkinson's Community Outreach Program, August 2020.