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Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights - May 2023

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The Danger of Toxic Positivity in Serious Illness Support

We live in a world that values positivity and optimism. While these qualities can be beneficial, toxic positivity can have negative consequences – especially for those dealing with serious illness. Toxic positivity is the idea that individuals should only focus on positive emotions and avoid negative emotions at all costs. This mentality can be harmful, particularly for those with serious illnesses.
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Hospice Care for Cirrhosis Patients

Cirrhosis is a serious liver condition that occurs when healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue. This can occur as a result of chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis or alcoholism. While treatments can slow the progression of cirrhosis, there is no cure.
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One Patient’s Experience with Palliative Care

A few years ago, as a primary care provider, I was caring for a patient named “Samantha*” who was 55 years old and was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember meeting with her and her husband about this new diagnosis and trying to answer as many of their questions as I could.
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Activities for Dementia Patients: Sunflower Craft

The bright sun and warming days of spring and summer gives those caring for a loved one with dementia to enjoy more activities together. Sunny days can include walks and visits with friends and family. Even rainy days can be brightened up with a cheery craft activity like the sunflower craft below.
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How Hospice Partners with Hospitals

Hospitals and hospice providers work together to ensure that patients receive the right level of care at the right time. When patients are in the hospital and nearing the end of their life, hospital staff may refer them to a hospice provider for end-of-life care.
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The Role of Nurses in Hospice Care

Nurses play a critical role in providing hospice care, which is specialized medical care that focuses on providing comfort and support to individuals who are in the final stages of a terminal illness. Hospice nurses provide care in a variety of settings, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and patients' homes.