Hospice Care Providers are in a unique position to provide vital, compassionate care to those experiencing terminal illness. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and we’re raising awareness of How Hospices and Hospice Care Providers can be a coordinated, collective force for justice for older people. Whether we have a terminal illness or not, we all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Please read and share this factsheet widely.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a 2019 report that identified deficiencies that can cause harm to Hospice Medicare beneficiary patients, many of whom are older people. These deficiencies can risk elder mistreatment, an injustice that erodes older people’s safety and dignity by subjecting them to physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. The report showed us that we can and must do better in providing fair and quality care for older people during their end-of-life chapter. We all have a role to play in ensuring the safety and well-being of every community; Hospice Care Providers are in a position to provide vital, compassionate care to those experiencing terminal illness. Understanding the areas of improvement that the OIG report presented can be our first step in preventing elder mistreatment and promoting justice.