Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2017

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When Is Hospice Called?

If a person is in a situation that has them asking “when is hospice called?” the answer is likely now. Studies continue to show that many terminally ill patients are not referred to hospice until the final week of life. This delay means that both patients and caregivers struggle to control symptoms and pain on their own. Meanwhile, help is just a phone call away.
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3 Ways to Manage Caregiver Resentment

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP report Caregiving in the U.S., approximately 43.5 million Americans will provide unpaid care to an adult or child this year. These family caregivers are performing a wide range of caregiving tasks. Everything from running errands and food preparation to assistance with eating, dressing, walking, and personal care to administering medication and clinical care, they are doing.
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How to Say Goodbye to Someone who is Dying

I recently made a chaplain visit to a patient “transitioning.” Her husband of several years sat close by holding her hand. He looked to me and said, “Dave, at times like this, there is nothing to say.”
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