When Your Loved One Is Ready for Hospice Care – and You Aren’t

Many painful emotional issues face family members and friends when a loved one becomes terminally ill. These include communicating the diagnosis to others; overcoming denial that the person is, in fact, near death; feeling the need to "be strong" and hide their sadness for the benefit of the patient and others; dealing with anticipatory grief;

How to Talk to Your Children about End-of-Life Care

This period of time can be uncomfortable for all – which is why many families choose not to have the “tough conversation” about what the next steps are for a parent’s care. But, now is the time to talk to your children about end-of-life care. Learn more about how to get your children involved in

Scotland is recognised as providing world-leading palliative care. Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), as the only hospice service in Scotland for babies, children and young people, is committed to providing the best standard of care to those who need it. The need for holistic palliative care for under-25s, that supports their health, social and emotional

How to ensure people get end-of-life health care they want

My mom paid a painful price for not completing an advance directive about her preferences for end-of-life medical care. She was an intelligent and organized woman who had everything in her and my dad’s life planned out and written down. She even drafted her own obituary. Ironically, she never discussed her end-of-life care goals with

Impact of Early Palliative Care Varies Depending on Patient Age, Gender

A recent study examined the impact of early palliative care (EPC) on quality of life for patients with advanced cancer. The researchers wished to determine the effectiveness of EPC for the various advanced cancer demographic groups, such as age and gender. The investigators, based at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, compared patients

Hospice or palliative care volunteers find work rewarding

Bill Brunstad was interested in becoming a hospice volunteer for years. He read a book about the highs and lows of working on the front lines. He even took a class offered by HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Hospice team. But seeing his friend Jim Dimock in the grocery store gave him added incentive. Dimock told

Caregivers recognized during hospice, palliative care month

Golden LivingCenter-Columbus are joining other hospice care organizations across the nation in celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month during November. The holiday recognizes the compassion and dedication of the caregivers who provide these important services. This year’s theme is Hospice. Helps. Everyone. With this theme, we are reminded of how hospice helps patients and

New rule gives Medicare beneficiaries more control in end-of-life care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services(CMS) has announced that Medicare will begin paying physicians and other practitioners to discuss advance care planning, effective Jan. 1, 2016.  Advance care planning marks a critical step forward in ensuring that care delivery aligns with individual goals, values and preferences, resulting in better care, higher patient and family satisfaction

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