Here are a number of local (and regional) resources with their contact information, as well as links to websites with useful information for Hospice patients, their families and close friends:

Home care and mobility supplies:

Soroptimist International of Sequim runs a Medical Loan Closet. They offer free loans of walkers, wheelchairs, crutches, canes, bedside commodes, bath chairs and  other assistive devices. Contact them at 360-504-0231.

 

National Resources:

 

Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease:

Alzheimer’s Association
Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Has newsletter by email or printed copy.

Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) serves as a single entry-point for senior information and assistance for Grays Harbor, Pacific, Clallam and Jefferson Counties. click here

Children’s Hospice care:

Children’s Hospice International
CHI provides education, training and technical assistance to those who care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families.

End-of-life planning:

The Conversation Project

Dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

General Information on Hospice programs & End-of-life care:

American Hospice Foundation
Even though the foundation closed in 2014, their website continues to offer information on programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages.

Caring Bridge
A free website that helps loved ones share information and support throughout a patient’s significant health challenge.

Caring Connections
A program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life.

Growth House

Provides education about life-threatening illness and end of life care. Primary mission is to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying, through public education and global professional collaboration. Gives you access to the Internet’s most comprehensive collection of reviewed resources for end-of-life care.

Hospice Foundation of America
Provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health care system and the role of hospice within it.

Hospice Net
Provides information and support to patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses.

Hospice Patients Alliance
Preserving the Original Mission of Hospice

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
Advancing hospice and palliative care programs, education, research, and favorable policies around the world.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Supports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s quality and research initiatives; hospice/palliative care provider education activities; consumer engagement and caregiver services; and the FHSSA Impact Fund.

Grieving:

Compassionate Friends
Assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and provides information to help others be supportive.

The Dougy Center
Provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. Supports individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.

Other Links of Interest:

A comparison of conventional medicine and Hospice from New Yorker Magazine (August 2010)click here

Free legal information and self-help materials that provide information about non-criminal legal problems affecting low-income people in Washington state. click here

Local information, referral resources, and contact information for state and local agencies, from the United States’ Health and Human Services Department. click here

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