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When Your Parent’s Time Is Becoming Short

When Your Parent's Time Is Becoming Short

When Your Parent's Time Is Becoming ShortIf your parent has entered palliative or hospice care, your family will have to face the hard reality that end of life is only a few months or even a few weeks away. As difficult as this realization is, it’s important to give meaning to the end-of-life period with special conversations, shared experiences, and making the most of every remaining moment …Read more ›

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Is It Time for Hospice Care?

It Time for Hospice Care?

It Time for Hospice Care?After receiving hospice care at home for the last six weeks of her life, my aunt died of renal cancer at age 44.


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#ElderCareChat 3/2/16: Dealing with Difficult Caregiving Issues

shutterstock_100688473This week in #ElderCareChat, 49 participants discussed some of the most difficult issues caregivers face — from burnout to grief to end-of-life decision-making. We were thrilled to welcome long-time attendee Chris MacLellan, better known as @TheBowTieGuy, to add his insights to the conversation.  (more…)

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Behind the Scenes of Hospice Care

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hospice careFacing death is never easy, even for those who have lived long, full lives. So many factors are out of your control, and you may feel as though you are at the mercy of your caregivers.


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#ElderCareChat 2/19/14 Recap: Supporting Family Caregivers and Carees at End of Life

Review highlights from this week's conversation about end of life issues and needs for family caregivers and those in their care.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 60 participants — again, we were happy to welcome several new tweeps to the conversation — took an unflinching look at an issue many would prefer to sweep under the rug, talk about privately, or discuss only when absolutely necessary …Read more ›

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End of Life: What If You Don’t Know What They Want?

Ideally, adult children discuss end-of-life wishes early on with their parents. But what if the time comes for decisions to be made before this talk takes place?

At the Huffington Post, one hospice expert describes how such a scenario might play out. And she points out that you might know more about your parents’ wishes than you realized. She recalls one hospice nurse’s story of how a group of adult …Read more ›

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“Everyone’s Entitled to End-of-Life Care,” No Matter Your Finances

When Ladies’ Home Journal followed a hospice nurse around for an article about end-of-life care, they discovered some things that surprised them. For one, everyone can get hospice care, no matter your financial situation. Did you know that?

Plus, hospice isn’t just for cancer patients. According to a behind-the-scenes article about the piece:

When hospice care started to become available in the United States in the 1970s, it was mostly for end-stage …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 6/6/12 Recap: Complex Caregiving Conversations

Caring for an elder you love — be it a grandparent, parent, friend, spouse, or sibling — inevitably prompts the need for complex conversations you’d probably rather avoid…

  • Do you want extraordinary measures to be taken?
  • You need help around the house.
  • What if the doctor is wrong?
  • I can no longer care for you in my home; we need to consider assisted living.
  • When am I going home?


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#ElderCareChat 8/24/11 Recap: Caregiving’s Difficult Decisions

Caregiving isn’t for wimps. The experience is rife with difficult decisions, which is what we talked about in the latest installment of #ElderCareChat.

Kicking off the discussion was a dialogue about what makes decisions of any kind (caregiving-related or not) difficult. Prime culprits were conflicting emotions like guilt, anger, grief, and resentment; fear of the unknown, and unknowable outcomes; and since few of us make …Read more ›

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New End-of-Life Medicare Law: How Controversial Is It?

Just how controversial is the idea of Medicare paying for end-of-life planning?

As we reported yesterday, The New York Times recently suggested “death panels” may be back: President Obama got a controversial end-of-life provision into law without Congress’s approval. But now, The Wall Street Journal reports that the new law is different.

The original provision:

would have given specific directions to doctors on what they should tell patients, including discussion of palliative care, …Read more ›

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