Healthcare workers are trained to provide compassionate care to patients in need, but what happens when they are faced with the challenge of caring for a terminally-ill loved one? Caring for a terminally-ill loved one can be emotionally and physically taxing for anyone, but it can be especially difficult when a healthcare worker becomes a family caregiver.
Many people worry about the use of morphine in hospice care. Morphine is a powerful medication used in hospice care to manage pain and other symptoms in patients with life-limiting illness. While morphine is an effective pain reliever, misconceptions can cause patients and families to worry that morphine will speed up the dying process.
Even though the happy days of spring are almost here, you may notice that a loved one with dementia is showing signs of depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs during the fall and winter months when there is less sunlight.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system, leading to a range of symptoms including muscle weakness, spasticity, fatigue, and cognitive impairment. While many people with MS can manage their symptoms with medication and other therapies, some may eventually require hospice care as the disease progresses.
Colon cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the large intestine. When a patient is diagnosed with colon cancer, it can be an overwhelming and frightening experience, not just for the patient but also for their loved ones.
Hospice social workers play a crucial role in the care of patients and families during the end-of-life journey. Their primary goal is to support and empower patients and families to make informed decisions and navigate the emotional and practical challenges of this difficult time.