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How do I know when my loved one is ready for hospice?

Posted by Linda Ward on August 23, 2018 at 2:53 PM

Discussing hospice can be a beneficial option at any stage of a life-limiting illness. Patients as well as their families benefit the most when they are supported by the hospice team with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual support from their hospice team as early as possible.

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Topics: Caregiver Corner with Linda, Caregiver Resources, General Information, palliative, hospice

Hospice Facts & Figures

Posted by Linda Ward on June 11, 2018 at 9:42 AM

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Hospice or Palliative: Understanding the Difference

Posted by Linda Ward on March 22, 2018 at 5:36 AM

Hospice Care

Hospice care is palliative by nature, meaning it provides comfort care. At the point of receiving hospice care, a patient's illness has progressed to where curative treatment is no longer desired or beneficial. Hospice care supports the patient and their families while focusing on relieving symptoms and offering comfort from pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, insomnia or constipation.

Non-Hospice Palliative Care

By definition, non-hospice palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms that are related to chronic illnesses, such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, AIDS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological diseases.

As you can see, there are differences between non-hospice palliative care and hospice care – and yet there is a relationship between the two. Non-hospice palliative care can be used at any stage of an illness, not just the advanced stages.

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Topics: Caregiver Corner with Linda, Caregiver Resources, General Information, palliative, hospice

Caregiver Corner with Linda: What is palliative care?

Posted by Linda Ward on November 30, 2017 at 9:48 AM

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Caregiver Corner with Linda: Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Linda Ward on August 25, 2017 at 12:23 PM

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Topics: Caregiver Resources, Caregiver Corner with Linda, General Information

Caregiver Corner with Linda: Episode 1

Posted by Linda Ward on August 18, 2017 at 3:36 PM

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