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

Gulfside Awarded Deficiency-Free Surveys

Posted by Linda Ward on October 12, 2017 at 10:52 AM
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Topics: General Information, hospice, palliative

Criteria for Palliative Care

Posted by Linda Ward on September 26, 2017 at 7:10 AM

Live Better with Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious and chronic illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

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Topics: Caregiver Resources, General Information, palliative

Advanced Directives: Starting the Tough Conversation

Posted by Linda Ward on September 19, 2017 at 9:06 AM

 

 

Illness raises many questions. Whether you are ill or are caring for someone who is ill, you are in a position to make important decisions. Knowing what you want and don’t want, or what they want and don’t want, will make those decisions easier.

  • What kind of treatment do you want?
  • Do you want to stay at home?
  • Who will make decisions on your behalf if you can’t?
  • What kind of services do you want to celebrate your life?
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Topics: Caregiver Resources, General Information, hospice, palliative

Palliative Care: FAQs

Posted by Linda Ward on July 18, 2017 at 7:33 AM

If you are considering looking into palliative care but need to know more, below is some information that can help you to decide if palliative care is right for you. There are many benefits of palliative care (comfort care) for both patients and their families.

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Topics: General Information, Caregiver Resources, palliative

Hospice Supporting Veterans

Posted by Linda Ward on July 6, 2017 at 6:10 AM
One in four hospice patients is a veteran. And when veterans face end of life, their needs are unique to their life experiences – branch of service, military experiences in war or peace time, age and generation.

Gulfside is proud to work with the Department of Veteran Affairs as a Level Four partner of the We Honor Veterans initiative, a program of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.

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Topics: Caregiver Resources, General Information, hospice, palliative, We Honor Veterans

What is Palliative Care?

Posted by Linda Ward on June 20, 2017 at 6:24 AM

If you are living with a chronic illness, palliative care can help with maintaining stability, managing pain and symptoms, and giving you back control of your life. A chronic illness doesn’t have to keep you down; palliative care helps you maintain your freedom and quality of life.

So you have heard about palliative care, but are unsure of what it is. Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious and chronic illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

This method of "comfort care" is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness. Plus, it can be provided along with curative treatment.

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Topics: General Information, palliative

Welcome to the Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care Blog

Posted by Linda Ward on May 23, 2017 at 4:29 PM

Hello, and welcome to the brand new Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care blog.

Our leadership team and healthcare professionals have come together to create “Helping Hands: An Educational Blog Focusing on Palliative and Hospice Resources.”

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Topics: hospice, palliative, General Information, Caregiver Resources

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