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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2007

Contact: Megan Webster
(703) 562-1189

Alexandria, Va. – The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) today released a toolkit with information on hospice services for residents of assisted living communities. ALFA worked with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) to develop this three-part toolkit for assisted living providers, hospice providers and consumers.

The consumer portion of the toolkit provides an overview of assisted living and hospice care, a check list to help select an assisted living community with hospice services, and a step by step guide to advance planning and helping a family member no longer able to make decisions. The Hospice portion provides and understanding of assisted living for hospice providers and the Assisted Living portion provides information about hospice for Assisted Living providers.

“This toolkit will help assisted living communities, hospice providers and families provide the best possible care for a loved one at the end of life,” said Rick Grimes, president of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). “Assisted living and hospice providers are partners in easing this difficult life passage.”

Hospice provides end of life care for clients at home with comfort and dignity. Hospice recognizes that assisted living is home. The goal of the toolkits is to encourage coordination between hospice and assisted living providers to benefit the care for assisted living residents.

The Medicare Hospice Benefit is available to all Medicare beneficiaries in the U.S. The first hospice program opened in the U.S. in 1974 and there are now more than 4,100 programs throughout the U.S.   

Assisted living communities provide housing, support services and health care for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, medication management and transportation. Many assisted living communities offer hospice services so that residents can remain in their home in a familiar setting during end of life.

Download the three-part toolkit and learn more about senior living options.

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About the Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally operated assisted living communities for seniors. ALFA’s member-driven programs promote business and operational excellence through national conferences, research, publications, and executive networks. ALFA works to influence public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality care, and accessibility for all Americans.

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