National Hospice Month
November is National Hospice Month. And during this month, hospice care providers want the public to be especially aware of their available programs. Optum Palliative and Hospice Care Executive Director Casey Rhodes, discusses what hospice is and how it works. Rhodes says her agency works with each individual to develop a personalized care plan to help them address their medical needs while also working with them to meet more practical needs in the home, such as connecting them to community-based resources like Meals on Wheels. She adds that the hospice model of today was developed more than 25 years ago and has been shown in studies to reduce hospitalizations and emergency room trips.