Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - November 2015

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3 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Hospice Patients

When a loved one is on hospice, the greatest gift you can give them is your time. Sit with them as you play their favorite music, read to them or share memories. No gift you give is more valuable than this time together.
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6 Ways to Support a Caregiver

It’s teamwork that makes caring for your patients successful. The efforts of the nurses, social workers, aids—the list goes on. But there’s someone who is just as important: the caregiver. You know their job can be tough. Being a caregiver can be taxing, both physically and emotionally. And without enough assistance or support, the caregiver can experience burnout.
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Compassion Fatigue-How can I keep doing this?

Seasons change, days get shorter, and holiday tunes start to dominate the radio, but life doesn’t seem to change much when you are caring for someone with a terminal, life-limiting or chronic condition. Learning to balance the responsibilities of caring for someone day in and day out can be exhausting. In fact, it can be overwhelming.
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Looking Back to Look Ahead: 5 Iconic Caregivers Throughout History

The definition of a “caregiver” is “a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people or the chronically ill).” From such a simple description, it naturally follows that the task of caregiving has existed since humans first walked the earth. However, despite the passage of time, no one can deny the scope of responsibilities of a caregiver and the struggles involved in maintaining the wellbeing of your loved one as well as your own.
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End-stage COPD: When is it time for Hospice?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting over 11 million people. What’s scary is that many don’t even know they have the disease. A chronic and progressive condition, the early warning signs of shortness of breath and fatigue are often dismissed as a normal part of aging.
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