The Colorado Co-Op for Hospice and Palliative Care (COCHPC) strongly believes in the value of hospice care as the highest-quality care for patients and family caregivers struggling with serious and life-limiting illness.
It is the mission of the COCHPC to work to increase access to palliative and hospice services and promote quality standards of care for all Coloradoans. Within this mission it is our vision that all Coloradoans will live well at the end of life or in serious illness, and that none will suffer needlessly.
COCHPC is committed to serving the entire hospice and palliative care community. Among our membership are programs large and small, urban and rural, nonprofit and for-profit, government owned and faith-based, single site and multi-site, the variations go on, and this diversity enriches our organization and the field. Despite these differences our commitment to caring and excellence is the same.
Our mission is that we will connect Coloradoans in need with palliative and hospice care information and resources. For our members, we will provide advocacy, education, and best practice models of care.
When anyone dies, their community feels that loss. When so many are affected through loss or injury as has happened multiple times throughout the country over the last few years, the impact ripples and the effect is magnified. Today, more than ever, it is important for people to support one another and remember that everyone experiences tragedies and grief differently. Some will turn inward, others will cry out in pain, while still others will suffer silently, hoping for a kind word or gesture. Those in need should never be afraid to ask for help—from friends, family, coworkers, physicians or pastoral counselors.
The need for bereavement services will continue long after this tragic event, donations to support this work can be made through the National Hospice Foundation Disaster Fund and will be designated to support these needs.
Your community hospice can also be a source of information on grief and bereavement. Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, offers information on grief as well. Caring Connections has made four articles available on its website (www.caringinfo.org) that offer some additional thoughts on dealing with grief caused by tragic events. No one needs to suffer alone in silence.
Recent analysis of publicly available Colorado Hospice Statistics data for the industry in Colorado for Medicare beneficiaries show that 49% are utilizing hospice services as compared to 40% nationally.
Colorado fortunately is not in the top five states for medical malpractice lawsuits. However, an area that has come to light in recent years is the alarming rise in lawsuits for nursing home abuse, neglect and nursing home medical malpractice cases. We have heard stories from a disturbing number of our members who have been victims and are or have been involved in nursing home abuse and malpractice lawsuits and of course our hearts go out to them. A number of them have reported receiving financial assistance, called a lawsuit cash advance or simply “lawsuit loans”, during their litigation and since all have spoken favorably about them, we wanted to include them as a resource.
In 2015 there were a total of 23,181 Medicare beneficiary patient deaths; of those deaths, 11,409 were Medicare hospice deaths.