Category: Advance Directives

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month, and FHPCA wants to remind women everywhere to get tested early. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 get an annual mammogram and a clinical physical examination. For … Continue reading


Local Hospice Explains Grief Counseling Program

  The attacks that occurred in Orlando this past weekend brought a sense of hopelessness and deep sorrow to communities across Florida. How can people deal with grief during this difficult time? At the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association, … Continue reading


What is Palliative Care?

  Charles Suggs lII, MD Medical Director of Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care So you have heard about palliative care, but are unsure of what it is. Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious … Continue reading


Have You Had The Conversation?

By VNA of the Treasure Coast If you had to make a healthcare decision for a seriously-ill loved one, would you be prepared to do so? Could you tell a doctor, decisively, how much information to share with your loved … Continue reading


Advance Care Planning As a Journey, Not a Destination

Whether you’re saving up for a large purchase or training for a triathlon, you have to envision your goals well in advance, and then take small steps to reach them. To be successful, you need to have a plan. But … Continue reading


Response to CBS’s 60 Minute report “Ending Life”

By Paul Ledford, President & CEO, FHPCA In 2010, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association adopted a position in opposition to physician-assisted suicide. It is our commitment to the value of life and to the optimization of the quality of … Continue reading


April 16th – National Healthcare Decisions Day

Despite recent gains in public awareness of the need for advance care planning,  studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves.   The … Continue reading