There’s no question that the internet has changed how we all look at health care. Surveysshow that 72% of internet users have looked online for health information in the past year. Hospice care is no exception. Often misunderstood, “hospice” is a type of care frequently researched online, especially when a doctor brings up the subject for an aging loved one.

Typing in “hospice care” into Google isn’t the easiest thing. If you know little about end-of-life care, you may be scared to see the results. But luckily, there are great online tools out there that help explain the truth about hospice care, that it’s not about death, but more about celebrating life. Here are our picks for the top online hospice resources:

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

This national organization provides a great online resource for researching hospice care. Included are a history of hospice care, tips on choosing a hospice, an FAQ section and more. There are also links to advance planning documents, grief and bereavement and a section for caregivers.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Few people know that hospice services are often covered fully by Medicare benefits. This site is a great resource for learning what’s covered.

Center to Advance Palliative Care

Hospice’s care-cousin is palliative care - a type of care that’s similar to hospice in that it works to improve the quality of life for individuals with chronic diseases, but different in that it’s not limited to individuals at the end of their life. If a doctor talks about palliative or hospice care, check out this website to learn the differences of the two types of practices.

Tabitha Hospice

As the first organization in Nebraska to provide hospice care, Tabitha Hospice has long recognized the benefit of end-of-life care for individuals and their families. Tabitha Hospice’s website provides the information, tools and resources you need to navigate the end-of-life journey. Check out the FAQ section, advanced planning section and special links for family resources.