Sunday, February 2, 2020

Sneak peek magnum opus - how to find the best hospice

I've been working on something that started as an article and has turned into a mission, namely an objective and helpful way to answer the question - "How can I find the best hospice? Where do I even start?"

I wrote two posts in 2017 and 2018 that took on these questions, and I tried to show my thinking about how to sort through the various options to find which ones were most worth exploring. There are plenty of rabbit holes to fall into when trying to find a hospice, but no useful road map.

I also wrote about the lame and disingenuous attempt by the corporate hospice industry trade group to guide patients and families through this serious and difficult decision as part of my #HospiceMonth series. I say 'lame and disingenuous' because the corporate hospice industry trade group wants it both ways - appear to be helpful to patients and families, but don't actually provide them with the framework and information that supports informed decisions and highlights the flaws of the corporate hospice industry's operating model:
  1. People are dying
  2. ????
  3. Profit!!

So, here we are. 

My hope is to present the methods, tools, information, and attitude that anyone can apply to the task of finding the best hospice - the people and organization who can help a patient and family make their way through an often dark and unfamiliar time.

Thanks for reading. See you next time.