Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - July 2014

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Extending the Promise of Hospice Care Even More

Terminally ill patients and their families require a great deal of hands-on care and support throughout the end-of-life journey — on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. There are times when a patient’s physical condition in particular warrants more care than what the Medicare hospice benefit — continuous home care — covers.
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An Intern’s First Experience with Hospice

Brendan Young was a junior at La Salle University when he began chatting with the family member of a prospective student at an Admissions Night event. Discussing his prospects for a career in social work, the former hospice nurse asked if he had ever considered hospice.
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Shifting the Focus to Quality of Life

One of the hardest moments for a healthcare professional can be the realization that a patient under their care will not be cured. The circumstances of terminal disease mean at some point it may become appropriate to deliberately end aggressive treatments and continual rehospitalizations, and shift the focus of care to improving the quality of the patient’s remaining time. Too often, healthcare professionals see this as a failure on their part and are resistant to having a conversation with their patients about the inevitable fact that they are coming to the end of their lives. However, accepting this — and tailoring a care plan that helps ensure a patient’s remaining time is as serene and meaningful as possible — is often the greatest service a physician can provide.
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Round Dancing Gift Moves Former Instructor

Elaine Snowden loves nothing more than “rounding,” a choreographed style of ballroom dance in which a caller announces steps to pairs as they perform in unison. The 85-year-old used to be an instructor and has had a lifetime love for the elegant, synchronized movements. As a hospice patient in Germantown, Tennessee, Snowden is now confined to a wheelchair and has difficulty communicating, but is still well-known within the Memphis round dancing community.
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Volunteer Delivers Smiles

“Making people smile is my passion,” says Crossroads Hospice volunteer Donnita Humphrey. It’s a job she does well.

Donnita first became familiar with Crossroads through her knitting group. Tasked with finding three facilities to carry the items the group knitted, we were lucky enough to be on the receiving end of their beautiful work.
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