Skip to main content

What Ratings of Hospice Care Can I Compare on This Website?

On this website, you can compare the quality of hospice care by looking at the ratings hospices have received from families who have used their services.

Families have rated hospices on the following topics
  • Pain and symptom management
  • The hospice team's communication with patients and families
  • Availability of hospice staff to respond to families' needs
  • Coordinating the patient's care across all of the patient's doctors, nurses, and other staff
  • Providing information to help families care for their loved one at home
  • Emotional and spiritual support for patients and families
  • Following patients' preferences for their end-of-life care
  • The overall quality of hospice care
The following topics have been collected directly from hospices
  • Typical number of visits to patients' home by hospice staff
  • Additional certification of the hospice and its staff
  • General information about each hospice, including languages spoken, average number of patients served, and availability of hospice care in other locations besides the patient's home

The best way to use the ratings on this website is to:

  • Look for patterns across the different topics. Some hospices may do very well in all topics; others may do well in some areas and not in others; still others may show problems in a wide range of topics.
  • If there is an aspect of hospice care that is of particular concern to you, such as the number of visits to the patient's home by a nurse each week, you will want to give more weight to information related to that concern.

Because most hospice patients are cared for at home, the ratings compared on this website focus primarily, but not entirely, on hospice care received at home.