Governor Ron DeSantis and FHPCA Recognize November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., November 3, 2020 – Governor Ron DeSantis has declared November as Hospice and Palliative Care Month in Florida. 139,865 patients received hospice care throughout Florida in 2019, and a continual increase is expected in the years ahead. Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association is pleased to join hospice providers and supporters across the state in recognizing November as Hospice and Palliative Care Month in Florida. High quality care, education, and accessibility are hallmarks of hospice care in Florida as every eligible resident has a hospice services available to them. Hospice and Palliative Care Month in Florida highlights the quality and variety of services offered in every county across the state.

“The beliefs that, ‘Every day is a gift’ and ‘The days you have should be lived to the fullest’ are foundational to the valuable services available through your local hospice,” said Paul A. Ledford, President & CEO of Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association. “When curative therapies are no longer helpful, it is appropriate for the plan of care to change focus to be about comfort and quality of life. This November, we want to raise awareness that hospices around Florida are here to help. It is very rewarding to see patients and families find the comfort and care they need, at the right place, and the right time.”

Read Governor DeSantis’ proclamation at

Visit to find basic facts and resources on what to expect from hospice providers as a patient and caregiver. The ‘Find a Provider’ feature allows users to locate end-of-life care programs in Florida.