This is a technical assistance toolkit designed to support providers seeking to enhance access to such services. This document also celebrates the wonderful work already in progress in rural and frontier communities from coast to coast and portrays examples of innovative practice and high-quality hospice and palliative care.
- The most familiar rural hospice model is the independent, community-based non-profit, typically organized by a volunteer group of community leaders and health professionals in response to a recognized need. Such hospices ofter serve a single community and surrounding countryside, a single county, or several adjacent rural counties.
- Given the isolation and limited resources of many rural hospital and palliative care programs, collaboration with other providers and community agencies is essential to extend service availability, improve response time, foster local ownership of caregiving, and serve as educational vehicles for optimal hospice and palliative care.
- Projected aging of the population makes it clear that future service demands will exceed present capacity and require an even greater reliance on effective and efficient resource sharing.