It always seems too early, until it’s too late.

April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) and will be recognized all week. NHDD, an initiative of The Conversation Project, was created to inspire, educate and empower people and healthcare providers when it comes to advance care planning. NHDD encourages people to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect...
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PTSD and Hospice Care

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many people, the effects of the event fade over time. But for others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don’t go away – even months or years after the event is over. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop...
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Dealing With Not Saying Goodbye

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy, whether it is unexpected or not. In 2016, the whole world experienced unexpected losses of beloved celebrities to health issues and unsung Americans to senseless violence. Those are the stories that make headlines, but the losses that hurt most are the personal ones. When...
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Dealing with Loss During the Holidays

November could be considered the kick off to the holiday season, but is also host to National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This is the perfect time to talk about dealing with losing a loved one during these usually happy times. The holidays in which family’s gather for meals and gift exchange tend to be the...
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World Hospice and Palliative Care Week: Living and Dying in Pain-It Doesn’t Have to Happen

Every year, the first full week of October marks World Hospice and Palliative Care Week. It is a day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. The hopes behind having World Hospice Week is to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak...
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Younger Seniors Take the Most Advantage of Medicare for End of Life Care

Statics show younger seniors (65-75) are spending more of their medicare on end of life care, than older seniors. This demographic amasses the largest medical bills. Kaiser researchers said their findings suggest that providers, patients and their families may favor more costly, lifesaving care for younger seniors, and turn to hospice care when patients are older....
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Loved Ones Tribute Stories

Accredited Hospices of America is embarking on a heartfelt project. We will be posting tribute stories of some of our beloved patients by their families. We will feature a story once a week and will be shared on all our social media accounts. The stories will include a bio of their loved one, Pictures, like...
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Hospice-Caring for More than Cancer

A common thought of many is that hospice care is only for cancer patients or HIV sufferers. This isn’t true. Hospice care covers a wide range of medical issues at the end of life- heart failure, dementia, ALS, and COPD are just a few. Hospice care should be considered after the patient has decided to end...
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The Idea of a “Good Death” and Hospice

No one likes to think or talk about death and dying. But it’s a reality we all face-more and more people are taking charge of how they will live out their final days. This becoming known as the “good death.” Through life, we want to have as many new experiences as possible but in the...
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Hospice and Cultural Consideration

Houston is known for being the top city for cultural diversity, passing New York City and Los Angeles. Understanding how different cultures approach death is very important. Through hospice, we provide grief services for everyone involved, but cultural practices are often overlooked. There are many transitions that happen at the end of life and through...
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