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CaringInfo

CaringInfo is a reliable resource that examines end-of-life issues for patients and caregivers, including a section for children. Visitors can find information specific to advance directives and end-of-life care, caregiver assistance, hospice, coping with grief, and pain management.

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Review Date: 10/2/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Four major categories guide users to the appropriate resources. These categories contain a good deal of topic-specific information without cluttering the page. This makes the browsing experience a quick and useful process. The search bar doesn't appear to work, returning no results for "advance care."

Visual Design

The website features a now-outdated visual style. Few images, and a drab color scheme. The website is set up so that content exists in a narrow column down the center of the page, with a lot of negative space in the margins. Additionally, the website does not appear to mobile responsive.

Quality

Although the content is unreferenced, CaringInfo is an important and reliable resource for anyone faced with end-of-life decisions. Through downloadable brochures, numerous articles & videos, and work sheets, users will have everything they need to help with these decisions

Credibility

CaringInfo is presented by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and funded by the non-profit National Hospice Foundation. Unfortunately, no individuals are identified as being associated with or writing for the site. Aside from a publishing date on downloadable brochures, no posting or review dates are found on pages. Despite this the content can be trusted and used without significant concern.

Pros

  1. Sympathetic resources that address emotional, financial, and legal issues related to hospice and palliative care
  2. Clear organization of topics including "Grief," "Planning Ahead," and "Hospice & Palliative Care"
  3. Covers everything necessary for people with serious illness and their caregivers

Cons

  1. "Find a Hospice" tool has many gaps and is hard to use
  2. Hard to tell how current the content is

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the U.S.

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Videos, brochures, hospice locator, Q&A, state-specific advance directives and worksheets

Languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese

Contact: caringinfo@nhpco.org

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