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National Organizations Partner to Offer Spanish-speaking Families End-of-Life Care Information

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Families that have a loved one facing a serious or life-threatening illness now have a new resource to go to for free information. Cuidando con Carino, Compassionate Care HelpLine is a toll-free phone line that offers information and resources for people living with or caring for someone with a serious illness.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (http://www.caringinfo.org/) has partnered with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (http://www.hispanichealth.org/) to create the Spanish-language HelpLine, Cuidando con Carino, Compassionate Care. This new service went into operation last week and is up and running.

People calling the HelpLine will reach bilingual information specialists who will answer questions about hospice and palliative care, helping a loved one with grief and loss, family caregiving, and advance health care planning. Important bilingual written information will also be provided free of charge.

"One of the most important issues all families will face is end-of-life care. And while most of us do not want to deal with the issue of death, we all need to be informed. Many families today are often caught unprepared when dealing with a loved one's serious illness. Cuidando con Carino, Compassionate Care will make it easier to navigate the health care system for end-of-life care. The new HelpLine represents our continued commitment to improve the health and well being of Hispanics through all the stages of life," said Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

The Cuidando con Carino, Compassionate Care HelpLine is funded by a grant from the Public Welfare Foundation and has been developed through a partnership between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The grant is also funding the development of educational fact sheets in Spanish and English on topics such as hospice and palliative care, advance care planning and grief and loss. NHPCO and NAHH will work together to create these new materials.

"Hospices across the country are committed to serving all members of their community," said J. Don Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. "Our hope is that hospices and other healthcare providers and community service organizations will help promote these essential resources."

Contacts: Jon Radulovic NHPCO Ph: 703/837-3139 jradulovic@nhpco.org Concha Orozco NAHH Ph: 202/797-4330 corozco@hispanichealth.orgNational Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Web site: http://www.caringinfo.org/http://www.hispanichealth.org/



Source: PR Newswire


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