Hospice Articles

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • End-of-Life Care: Signs That Death Is Near

    Understanding the signs that death is near helps caregivers prepare for the end of life and ensures that their loved ones get the care they need to remain comfortable throughout the dying process.

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  • 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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  • Lessons in End-of-Life Care from Oscar the Cat

    For more than ten years, Oscar the Cat has been teaching the staff at a Rhode Island nursing home lessons about end-of-life care and what's truly important to those who are dying.

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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?

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  • 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.

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  • How to Console a Senior Who Is Afraid of Dying

    When death is near, patients and family members are often overwhelmed by fear of the unknown. Learn how caregivers can help alleviate common anxieties and support their aging loved ones at the end of life.

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  • Veterans Benefits for Alzheimer's and Dementia Care

    Veterans and their spouses with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia may be eligible to receive certain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  • How Palliative Care Helps Achieve Quality of Life

    Learn what palliative care can do to help your elderly loved one cope with serious illness and alleviate pain.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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