For Immediate Release
April 15, 2024

(Alexandria, VA) – CaringInfo, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), has launched a new consumer blog, Insights, offering timely and practical content on serious-illness care and services from a variety of perspectives in both English and Spanish. Insights’ monthly posts will expand consumer access to information, help the community learn from others’ experiences and best practices, and improve the public’s ability to make informed decisions about care before a crisis.

CaringInfo also offers more information about advance directives and free advance directives and instructions for all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Washington DC in both English and Spanish, downloadable as PDF files.

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16, Insights has launched with three posts on advance care planning and the forms completed throughout the process.

      • Making Your Healthcare Wishes and Medical Choices Known
      • Advance Directive vs. Living Will: Which Do You Need?
      • Types of Documents to Make Healthcare Wishes Known: Advance Directives, Living Wills, PoAs, DNRs, and POLSTs

Ben Marcantonio, NHPCO COO and Interim CEO said, “NHPCO sees National Healthcare Decisions Day as an important opportunity to educate healthcare providers and consumers about advance care planning and empower all to make their wishes for their care known. The CaringInfo blog provides us with a new, accessible outlet to connect with both our members and the communities they serve.”

Advance care planning includes completing an advance directive – sometimes known as a living will – and appointing a healthcare power of attorney – someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to. Advance care planning also means sharing this information with your loved ones to ensure all wishes are honored.

Learn more about advance care planning and read the first Insights posts now.



The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the nation’s largest and oldest membership association for providers who care for people affected by serious and life-limiting illness. Our members deliver and expand access to high-quality, person-centered interdisciplinary care to millions of Americans. NHPCO provides education and resources to support that mission. Together with our advocacy partner, the Hospice Action Network (HAN), we serve as the leading voice advancing public policy to improve serious-illness and end-of-life care, while our CaringInfo program provides free resources to educate and empower patients and caregivers.

Press Contact:
Elyssa Katz
NHPCO Communications