Posted on May 2, 2018 in Caregiving TipsWhen you hear that a loved one or even a public figure is receiving palliative care, it’s natural to wonder how long they have left to live. Is it days? Weeks? Months? While doctors can give estimates, everyone’s experience is different and the actual number can vary greatly. However, those estimates help to determine if an individual is eligible to receive palliative or hospice care.
Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2018
Posted on May 2, 2018 in Caregiving TipsAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis – more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease – is a disease in the nervous system that both weakens the muscles and impacts voluntary physical functions such as walking, talking, and even chewing.
Posted on April 30, 2018 in Caregiving TipsPruritus – or itchy skin – can be an annoying condition for a healthy individual, but pruritus at end of life can have a powerfully negative effect on a patient’s quality of life. In addition to the physical discomfort, patients may experience sleep disruption, anxiety, and depression due to the frustration of not being able to calm their pruritus.
Posted on April 27, 2018 in Coping with GriefPeople say that when you marry someone, you marry their entire family. There’s a reason this phrase has been passed down through the generations: when you get married, you’ve got a whole new pack of people to think about and care for.
Posted on April 25, 2018 in Caregiving TipsDyspnea, or shortness of breath, is often seen in individuals facing a serious illness. The sensation of being unable to catch their breath or like the room is closing in on them can be terrifying. That only makes the symptoms worse.
Posted on April 23, 2018 in Gift of a DayWhen our Gift of a Day team heard that our 90-year-old patient Gwen Koppen wanted to ride a horse, they wasted no time in making it happen for her. Within a few hours, Gwen was dressed in country western finery and setting off on her ride.