Essay about Hospice Of The Valley Is The Largest Non Profit Organization

1190 Words Nov 18th, 2014 5 Pages
Founded in 1977, Hospice of the Valley is a nonprofit organization geared towards providing palliative care for the elderly. Currently, Hospice of the Valley is the largest non profit organization in the United States, helping approximately 2,500 patients a day and 13,200 patients a year. The hospice receives its revenue from Medicare, donations, insurance companies, and from private pay patients (“Hospice Concept of Care” 11). To be an eligible patient for Hospice of the Valley, the individual must have a diagnosis of six months or less to live, as confirmed by a physician; patients with terminal illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), dementia, and Alzheimer 's are eligible to be placed into hospice if they desired comfort care rather than curative treatment. Patients who are in the last stages of cancer may choose to be admitted into hospice in order to be cared for in a home-like setting. Generally, hospices are portrayed as a place just for the elderly, however at Hospice of the Valley, they will admit anyone who is in need of their services. This means that if a younger person is in the last stages of cancer, then they are eligible for admittance into the hospice. The second leading cause of death in the United States is cancer and it can affect individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. According to The American Cancer Society, it is estimated that over 557,000 people in the United States would die from cancer,…

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