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Hospice Education Institute
The Hospice Education Institute offers the following services:

HOSPICELINK, which maintains a computerized database and up-to-date directory of all hospice and palliative care programs in the United States. A free telephone number (800-331-1620) offers referrals to hospice and palliative care programs, and provides general information about the principles and practices of good hospice and palliative care.

HOSPICELINK is a safe, unhurried setting where patients, caregivers and family members can not only obtain information, but also discuss in confidence their concerns, fears and hopes, and share some of the burdens of difficult decisions and stressful life situations. (HOSPICELINK provides no medical advice or psychological counseling, preferring instead to offer 'sympathetic listening.') There is never a charge for any HOSPICELINK service.

SMALL GIFT PROGRAM which makes immediate gifts to hospice patients and families for non-medical needs, as identified by local hospice staff members. These gifts are made without delay and ‘red tape’, and within one working day after the request is reviewed and approved, a check is on its way. The nature of the non-medical assistance is limited only by the needs of patient and family, and the ingenuity of the hospice caregiver.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION GRANTS are made to hospice and palliative care organizations nationwide, to assist them in planning and operating their own educational programs on a local and regional level.

INPATIENT HOSPICE DESIGN PROJECT is working to create architectural modules to assist individual hospices and palliative care units in improving and/or designing their own facilities for in-patient end-of-life care.

SEMINARS on many aspects of care for the dying and the bereaved are organized for health and caring professionals, and for qualified hospice volunteers. Since 1986, seminars have been offered in 31 states in the USA. Faculty members for these seminars are international experts on hospice and palliative care. The Institute also sponsors the annual Hospice & Palliative Care Study Seminar in Britain, an intensive two-week workshop for health care professionals from all over the world.

ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE is freely given to people working to begin or to improve community-based hospice, palliative care and bereavement support.

BOOKS and PAMPHLETS are available from the Hospice Education Institute on hospice-related subjects. The Hospice Education Institute's Notes on Symptom Control In Hospice and Palliative Care is a definitive 387-page reference text on caring for the dying and the bereaved. It is available for $34.95 per hard copy, or can be viewed on our website free of charge.
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