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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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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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The “Real Question” About Hospice When Loved One Has Alzheimer’s

A friend suggested that it might be time for Marie Marley’s life partner, Ed, to begin hospice care. A doctor confirmed that Ed, who had Alzheimer’s disease, would qualify for it. Yet Marley couldn’t bring herself to request it—until a doctor put hospice into perspective for her.

“I knew it was silly but somehow, I felt that signing the papers would be tantamount to signing his death warrant,” Marley …Read more ›

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Charity Helps Fulfill Dying Adults’ Dreams

Linda Omundson, of Lakeland, FL, dreamed of going on a hot-air balloon ride with her daughter. But the 63-year-old didn’t have a lot of time left to fulfill it. She was dying of cancer.

So a resource associate with her hospice agency contacted Dream Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, reports Florida newspaper The Ledger. And Omundson got her wish. On April 16, she and her daughter soared over the …Read more ›

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Largest for-Profit Hospice Provider Accused of Fraud

The U.S. is suing the nation’s biggest for-profit hospice provider. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month, the government accuses Vitas Hospice Services of Medicare fraud that began in 2001, ABC News reports.

Two types of fraud are alleged: accepting ineligible patients for hospice care and billing Medicare for “crisis care” that never happened or wasn’t needed. (Crisis care is billed at a higher rate.) From ABC News:

The crux of the …Read more ›

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Comparing Hospices? Ask About Aromatherapy, Art Therapy …

Hospice is known for making people more comfortable at the end of their life. But as we’ve talked about recently, “more comfortable” doesn’t just mean giving pain medicine. There’s much more to hospice than that.

At their blog, Holy Redeemer Hospice, which serves Pennsylvania and New Jersey, suggest a few complementary therapies you may want to ask about:

Some hospice teams include members specially trained in massage, healing touch, …Read more ›

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Many Hospices Offering Complementary Therapies

Hospice is largely about keeping people comfortable. So it’s no surprise that strong pain medications are often an important part of treatment. But these days, many hospices are also looking beyond conventional Western medicine for treatment options, according to an article at the Chicago Tribune website.

In 2007, the CDC “found that 41 percent of hospice care centers offered complementary and alternative therapies (CAT), had a CAT provider on staff or under …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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Study: Hospice Care Doubles, But Findings Are Complex

More people are dying in hospice these days, and fewer are dying in the hospital, a study has found. Sounds like good news, right? But that’s not the full story. Bloomberg explains:

Hospice care among the elderly doubled to about 40 percent in the past decade, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. For many, the transition to hospice came only in the final few days …Read more ›

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Some Hospices Rejecting People Who Live Alone

If you’re at the end of your life and you want to die at home, hospice is there to help make that happen … usually. It’s just that, with some hospices, living alone could be a deal-breaker.

A Kaiser Health News article hosted on NPR’s website reports:

Twelve percent of hospices nationwide refuse to accept patients who don’t have a caregiver at home to look after them, according to a recent survey …Read more ›

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