Hospice Articles

  • A Checklist for Finding the Right Hospice Program

    When deciding on the hospice program that is right for you, ensure the goal of end-of-life care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity.

  • When Is It Time to Call Hospice?

    Beginning end-of-life care during the first stages of a terminal illness provides patients and their caregivers with the services, medications, supplies, and support needed to maintain their comfort and quality of life.

  • Comparing End-of-Life Care Options

    When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, it can be difficult to know what kind of care to arrange for them and where. Hospice, palliative care, home-based care, hospital-based care, and long-term care facilities are all viable options.

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  • Assisted Suicide and Elders: How Far Would a Loving Caregiver Go?

    How far should a caregiver go in supporting the wants and needs of a beloved spouse or parent – or even their child – when the requested support may hasten death?

  • Hospice Care for the End Stages of Heart Disease

    With heart disease it can be difficult to understand when to call hospice. Explore the guidelines for determining when to bring in hospice in the end stages of heart disease.

  • Why Do People Die from Alzheimer’s Disease?

    The most noticeable symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is memory loss, but this progressive condition ultimately weakens the immune system and prevents the body from functioning properly. Complications like infections are often the cause of death.

  • Answers to Common Questions About End-of-Life Care

    When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, caregivers and family members often have many questions. This guide to end-of-life care addresses the most common concerns regarding the dying process.

  • Hospice Care for Advanced Dementia: When Is It Time?

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

  • Palliative Care: What Is It and How Does It Differ from Hospice?

    Many people confuse these two kinds of care. While there are many similarities between them, palliative care is an important part of managing symptoms in seriously ill patients at any stage in their disease progression.

  • Reflecting on My Experiences with Hospice

    I have been a hospice volunteer for years and was with my father when he passed away while receiving end-of-life care. Here's what I've learned from my experiences.

  • Don’t Wait for Tomorrow: A Lesson Learned in Hospice

    My father’s stay at the hospice house was brief, but in that short time, I made an extraordinary realization that brought Dad and me closeness and comfort in his final days.

  • Hospice Too Often Used as ‘Last Resort’ for Many Seniors

    Despite its benefits, hospice is still seen as a "last resort" for many dying seniors. New research illuminates possible causes of the stigma that surrounds hospice care.

  • Hospice: Why Family Members Wait Too Long to Call

    It can be difficult to admit that a senior's disease has progressed so much that additional treatment is impractical, but caregivers and their families can lose out on irrecoverable time with a dying loved one if they wait too long to seek hospice care.

  • 6 Common Hospice Care Myths

    The day that you call hospice is not the day that you give up on your loved one. A former hospice nurse dispels common misconceptions surrounding end-of-life care.

  • Breaking the News That a Loved One is Going on Hospice Care

    Breaking the news that a loved one is going on hospice care can be a hard conversation to have with your family. If it’s up to you to inform a loved one that he or she would be more comfortable under hospice care there are steps you can take to get you through this difficult transition.

  • Hospice for People with Terminal Cancer

    What services does hospice provided to someone who has cancer and is terminally ill?

  • Does Medicare Pay for Hospice?

    Medicare may pay for hospice care, if a person has six months or less to live. Review these requirements that must be met to qualify for Medicare coverage for hospice care.

  • Why Caregivers Shouldn't Feel Guilty About Calling Hospice

    Calling in hospice for the care of an elderly parent or other a loved one means you need to come to terms, on all levels, with the idea that this person is dying.

  • Facts about Hospice Care

    If an elderly parent has six months or less to live, hospice can make their final days more comfortable and pain free.

  • Hospice Care: Choose the Best Hospice for Your Elderly Parent

    Investigate hospices early, before your elderly parent’s end of life approaches.