Dementia at the end of life

As they reach the end of life, people suffering from conditions like Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or Parkinson’s disease can present special problems for caregivers. People live with these diseases for years, becoming increasingly disabled. Because they do not die soon after they are diagnosed, it can be hard to think of these as terminal diseases....
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Planning for End-of-Life Care Decisions

Because of advances in medicine, each of us, as well as our families and friends, may face many decisions about the dying process. As hard as it might be to face the idea of your own death, you might take time to consider how your individual values relate to your idea of a good death....
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Getting Help For Your Grief

Losing someone close to you can make you feel sad, lost, alone, and maybe even angry. You greatly miss the person who has died—you want them back. You might have also been so busy with caregiving that it now seems you have nothing to do. This can add to your feelings of loss. This is...
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Understanding Health care decisions

It can be overwhelming to be asked to make health care decisions for someone who is dying and no longer able to make his or her own decisions. It is even more difficult if you do not have written or even verbal guidance. How do you decide what type of care is right for someone?...
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End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care

At the end of life, each story is different. Death comes suddenly, or a person lingers, gradually failing. For some older people, the body weakens while the mind stays alert. Others remain physically strong, and cognitive losses take a huge toll. But for everyone, death is inevitable, and each loss is personally felt by those...
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More People Choosing Hospice at Life’s End

People facing a fatal illness often find their fears and pain exacerbated by lack of control — with doctors poking and prodding and treating and testing even as the end grows near. Hospice care, however, can give back some control over someone’s final days through its compassionate focus on treating pain and helping both the...
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FAQ About Hospice

What is hospice? Hospice offers comprehensive, compassionate care for people at the end of life and support for families. Hospice offers palliative care that seeks to comfort rather than cure. Who can receive hospice care? Any person facing the advancing stages of any terminal illness is eligible for care. Hospice care is appropriate when the...
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Hospice Care

Contact: Debbie Mosbacher 832.408.7999 debbie@accreditedhospicesofamerica.com Considered tho be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life- limiting illness or injury, hospice care involves a team- oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s...
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Accredited Hospices of America will help You and your loved one prepare for death.

The patient in the final stages of terminal illness will exhibit many outward physical signs that may indicate he or she is near death. These signs are normal and do not need to be discouraged or restrained by the dying patient’s loved ones. The information below will help you identify the typical signs and hep...
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Accredited Hospices of America explains what is Grief and Bereavement

Grief may be experienced in response to physical losses, such as death, or in response to symbolic or social losses such as divorce of loss of a job. The grief experience can be affected by one’s history and support system. Taking care of yourself and accessing the support of friends and family can help you...
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