Palliative Care Articles

  • 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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  • Advance Care Directives: Preparations for the Unforeseeable Future

    An advance directive is a legal document that identifies a person’s health care preferences in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves. Advance care planning provides invaluable guidance and peace of mind for family members.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Forgiveness Helps Us Live and Die with Serenity and Peace

    When a loved one is facing the end of life, families often experience a whirlwind of emotions. A hospice chaplain explains the techniques he uses to help family members understand and forgive one another and get through trying times together.

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  • Music-Thanatology: Providing Harmony at the End of Life

    Music has impressive healing powers for people of all ages but can be especially comforting for those who are terminally ill. Music-thanatologists are specially trained to use music to provide peace and reassurance throughout the dying process.

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  • Caring for a Person with Dementia at the End of Life

    As dementia progresses and concurrent medical problems become more difficult to manage, tough questions can arise. This framework will help you navigate complicated healthcare decisions for a loved who is cognitively impaired.

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  • Are Dying Seniors Getting The Care They Need?

    Many elderly Americans are turning to skilled nursing care during their last few months of life, despite the fact that some may be better served by seeking palliative care services, such as hospice.

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  • 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.

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  • As End of Life Signs Approach, Is the Hospital the Right Choice?

    Where we die is not usually something we get to decide. But given the choice, families should consider what type of care makes the most sense. There is no "right" place to die.

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  • 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.

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  • How to Alleviate Physical Pain at the End of Life

    Making a person who is dying more comfortable and alleviating physical pain is an important priority for family caregivers. Discomfort can come from a variety of problems, but you and a hospice care provider can help manage the pain of your dying loved one.

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  • Hospice Care: Help During End Stages of Life

    One caregiver shares how hospice helped care for and provide pain relief for her parents at the end of their lives. Hospice can be a difficult decision, but the benefits for patients and their family members are undeniable.

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