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.


Palliative Care Roadmap

Published by the Washington State Department of Health, July 2020

Serious conditions often cause difficult symptoms, challenging treatments, and caregiver stress. Fragmented care and frequent transitions between care settings, unmet needs, and increased responsibilities put stress and burden on patients, family members, and other caregivers. This 40-page booklet seeks to help you understand palliative care and how it can make your care more predictable and manageable.


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 Agingcare.com

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


Podcasts and Webinars

Expect the Best: How to Get the Most Out of Your Hospice Care

By Family Caregiver Alliance, January 27, 2021

In this one-hour webinar registered nurse, Helen Bauer, and spiritual counselor, Jerry Fenter, both from The Heart of Hospice in Beaumont, TX, dispelled myths about hospice, offered suggestions for how to pick a good hospice service, explained the rights of patients, and who is involved on a hospice care team.
Webinar Notes on the Stanford PD Community Blog


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

By GetPalliativeCare.org

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.