Aging With Dignity is a private, non-profit organization best known
for its Five Wishes advance directive, which helps individuals and families
better plan for and receive the kind of care they want during times of serious
illness. Five Wishes is a document that helps you express how you want to be
treated if you are seriously ill and not able to speak for yourself. All of a
person's needs are addressed: medical, personal, emotional, and spiritual.
American Hospice Foundation
2120 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
The American Hospice Foundation strives to improve access to
quality hospice care through public education, professional training, and
consumer advocacy. The organization supports programs that serve the needs of
terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages. It publicizes hospice
concepts through training, education, and outreach, promoting services, and
initiating research on consumer needs and preferences in end-of-life
The Web site offers information about death and dying and related
grief and grieving processes. The "Grief Zone" has links to readings grouped
into categories such as grief and kids, grief on the job, hospice information
and support, and grief and faith.
1-800-658-8898 help line
1-877-658-8896 multilingual line (toll-free)
Caring Connections, a program of the U.S. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), seeks to improve care at the end of life. Caring Connections provides free resources, including educational brochures, advance directives and hospice information, and a toll-free help line for people looking for quality end-of-life information.
Hospice Association of America
228 Seventh Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
The Hospice Association of America (HAA) seeks to heighten the
public visibility of hospice services. HHA offers a number of helpful,
practical publications for people who are considering hospice, including
consumer guides, fact sheets, historical perspectives, and other background
information. The Web site offers information from the legislative, regulatory,
research, legal, and public relations departments, including "Hospice Facts and
National Hospice and Palliative Care
1700 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
1-800-658-8898 (703) 837-1500
The U.S. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
offers information on local hospice and palliative care programs across
America. NHPCO is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access
to hospice care with the goal of improving quality of life for dying people and
their loved ones.