Most of us think of Consumer Reports as a resource when we're contemplating a new TV, or looking for safety ratings of carseats. But finding a hospice program? Well, recently Consumer Reports published an article on how to find a good hospice program.

Here’s what Consumer Reports thinks you should look for in a hospice program:
• Not-for-profit status and 20 or more years of experience.
• Hospice-certified nurses and doctors on staff and available 24 hours per day.
• Palliative-care consultants who can begin care if you’re not yet ready for hospice.
• An inpatient unit, where patients can go if symptoms can’t be managed at home.
• Ability to provide care in nursing homes and assisted living residences.
• Medicare approval. That way, Medicare will cover services, including equipment and home health aides as needed, plus counseling and grief support for the patient and the family.

Not all hospices are the same, and it is important to ask the right questions to find out if a particular hospice has the services that are needed by you or your family. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has created a worksheet to help patients and families choose which hospice is right for you.

Transitions HospiceCare excels in all six of the features identified by Consumer Reports as qualities of a good hospice, including hospice-certified nurses and doctors, a large team of palliative care consultants available under Transitions PalliativeCare, and the William M. Dunlap Center for Caring.