Category Archives: What Is Hospice?

Being Mortal Offers Guidance for Families Facing Serious Illness

“As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures,” Atul Gawande writes in his bestseller, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, “companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces.” Yet so often modern medicine treats those who are aging or dying as simply continue reading…

Is Palliative Care Right for My Loved One?

Palliative care may be right for your loved one if he or she is experiencing pain, stress and other symptoms due to a serious life-limiting illness. Serious illnesses include but are not limited to cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, renal failure, Alzheimer’s and ALS. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness. continue reading…

The Hospice Care Model

A Summary of the Hospice Care Model Interdisciplinary team approach. Support for the patient, family and caregiver. Services are not defined by a place they are available wherever the patient is living. What Does Hospice Offer? Care focused on social, emotional, mental and spiritual support. Medical equipment, supplies and related medications. Bereavement counseling for children continue reading…

Hospice Explained

Many people are familiar with this way of caring for the dying, but misconceptions abound. The modern hospice movement began in Britain, but “going into hospice” has become an increasingly American way to die, despite this country’s love affair with expensive medical technology. The number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving hospice services doubled between 2000 and continue reading…

Older Americans Month 2012 – Never Too Old to Play!

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect opportunity to show our appreciation for the older adults in our community. Since 1963, communities across the nation have joined in the annual commemoration of Older Americans Month—a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to celebrating the contributions and achievements of older  Americans. The theme for Older continue reading…