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Did you know that nearly half of all people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are in hospice care at the time of their death? However, less than half of surveyed nursing homes have some sort of palliative care program.
That’s why the Alzheimer’s Association needs your voice today. For people living with advanced dementia and their families, hospice and palliative care are critical services. But, as the demand for such care grows with the aging population, more must be done to ensure an adequately trained workforce is available.
Please sign our petition and urge Congress to pass the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA).
PCHETA would launch a national campaign to increase palliative care and hospice training for health care professionals, improving the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s, controlling the costs of the disease, and enhancing patient and family satisfaction.
Last year, we invited advocates like you to participate in a historic effort to ask Medicare to pay for care planning for those living with Alzheimer’s. Our hard work paid off: As of January, Medicare covers necessary care planning sessions for individuals with cognitive impairment.
With your support, we can help people living with Alzheimer’s disease get the care and support services they need. Make your voice heard. Please sign our petition today.