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Idaho Hospice Care Resources

Read about hospice resources you can access in Idaho.

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According to the National Hospice Foundation, Americans are more willing to discuss sex with their children than discuss end-of-life care with their parents. It is understandable why people would be so hesitant to discuss death, but that doesn't make the conversation any less important. Should the situation arise where having an open discussion is possible, you want to be prepared to listen to your loved one about their wishes for end-of-life care.

Idaho POST

The first thing Idaho seniors must consider if they are approaching end of life is a POST form. POST or Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment outlines a person's wishes regarding medical treatment. This guides families and health professionals as they make decisions about care when seniors are no longer able to do so for themselves. POST does not replace the Do Not Resuscitate form, but is extremely valuable when it comes to decisions about long-term care facilities and Hospice care. Discuss obtaining a POST form with your aging loved one and their physician.


Hospice gives seniors the control they deserve over how they spend their final days. Rather than extend life as long as possible, the goal of hospice is to make the patient as comfortable as possible. This is accomplished through a team-oriented, holistic approach to palliative care. The priority of palliative care is to relieve the patients of symptoms which cause physical or emotional pain. Hospice facilities follow palliative care plans because they believe quality rather than quantity of life is more important during a person's final days.

If hospice sounds like the right choice for the senior in your life, explore these excellent Idaho hospice care providers:

XL Hospice: XL Hospice has provided excellent hospice care for over twenty years and serves the Idaho counties of Ada, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington. Their Countryside Manor Hospice House which offers a home-like care setting for those who are not able to remain at home.

Hospice of North Idaho: A non-profit hospice, Hospice of North Idaho has been a community leader for hospice and palliative care for over thirty years. Staff and volunteers care for the dying of Kootenai County in the patient's homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, or at the Hospice House inpatient center.

Hospice of Eastern Idaho: Hospice of Eastern Idaho offers non-profit hospice care to residents of Bonneville, Bingham, Fremont, Jefferson, and Madison counties.

>> Learn more about Hospice, including the cost, benefits and questions to ask when choosing a facility

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