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2015 Annual Fall Conference: When It Matters Most – The Best Care Possible

Thank you to all conference goers who joined us in celebrating 20 years of bringing quality hospice and palliative care to NH residents. We hope you had a great time!

Visit our Annual Event page for links to presentation slides and handouts.

The brochure, featuring the complete program schedule.

Thank you to our great sponsors, listed below, whose support made this event possible.
We hope to see you all next year!


Staffing Guidelines now Available!

The NHPCO Staffing Guidelines for Hospice Home Care Teams is now available on our Quality Measures page, joining a wealth of other resources to help you and your team provide the best possible care. 

Ain't No Way to Die

ZDoggMD's latest video paints a uniquely compelling picture about the importance of end of life discussions.

Spirituality Tip Sheets

Brand new spirituality tip sheets are now available, thanks to support from the NHCCC. The two-sided sheet is packed with information including:

  • How to tell if your patient is under spiritual duress
  • A spiritual assessment tool to help you talk to patients about their spirituality
  • When to consider a pastoral care referral

View the sheet, and order laminated cards, all proceeds of which support NHHPCO!

NHPCO Prognosis Video

Jennifer Kennedy of NHPCO has provided us with a video and PDF detailing hospice prognosis procedures.

NH participates in national observance to make advance health care decisions

A new study released by the Foundation for Healthy Communities found that only 37 percent (506) of 1,363 patients’ medical records reviewed in 25 acute care hospitals had documentation identifying who they would want to make decisions for them if they lacked the capacity to do so.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities and many other organizations in New Hampshire will observe “National Healthcare Decisions Day” on April 16th in an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare directives. Governor Maggie Hassen issued a proclamation recognizing April 16, 2015, as HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY in New Hampshire. “National Healthcare Decisions Day is a reminder to talk with family or friends about your wishes in the event of a medical crisis,” said Shawn LaFrance, executive director of the Foundation for Healthy Communities. “Conversations and completion of an advance directive allows you to decide who will make your health care decisions if you lack the capacity to do so.”

In a related study involving 319 patients from nine hospice programs in in the state, the NH Hospice and Palliative Care Organization found that 84 percent of the patients surveyed had an advance directive when admitted into hospice.

“The focus of National Healthcare Decisions Day is on education,” LaFrance added. “Its aim is to increase the number of people who understand the importance of advance care directives and planning for serious illness or end-of-life care. The Foundation for Healthy Communities provides information to help people address the topic with family, friends and healthcare providers and complete a written advance directive, such as healthcare power of attorney and a living will, in accordance with New Hampshire law.” The Foundation’s advance care planning guide and a brief education video are available free of charge online at

The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in NH communities through partnerships that engage individuals and organizations.

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