Understanding Hospice: Common Diagnoses

This blog series is dedicated to bringing readers the information they need to determine if hospice care is a viable option for their situation. More than cancer As you consider the next steps in your care or that of a loved one, you may be thinking “I don’t have cancer so I’m not eligible for hospice.” Decades ago the vast majority of hospice clients were cancer patients, but
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Understanding Hospice: Key Questions

All people deserve quality care and quality of life as the end of life draws near. Hospice care can provide this and more. Here we hope to provide informative answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding hospice care. What is hospice care? Hospice is a type of end-of-life care in which the focus shifts from medical interventions aimed at a cure to palliative care, in which comfort
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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 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and others do not. If stress reactions do not improve
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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 a loved one passes, especially unexpectedly- we are left feeling lost, broken, and confused. We even
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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 out about the issues, and raise awareness and understanding of the needs (medical,
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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. The team said spending on people who die in a given year represents a
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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 aggressive treatments. There are also many signs to watch for if you feel your
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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 end what really matters are the simple things. This is found in many cultures and
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