Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - 2018

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Palliative Care: How Long Left to Live?

When 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.
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New Tools for Patients with ALS

Amyotrophic 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.
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Managing Pruritus or Itchy Skin at End of Life

Pruritus – 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.
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How to Help a Spouse Care for A Dying Patient

People 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.
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Difficult Breathing: Treatment & Remedies

Dyspnea, 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.
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Gentle Horse Shares a Kiss with Hospice Patient

When 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.
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