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Blog: Hospice & Palliative Care Insights

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Deathbed Visions in Hospice

Hospice stories of deathbed visions are common with dying patients reporting visits from deceased loved ones, angels, or spiritual guides. While it may be difficult to understand or explain deathbed visions, hospice care staff have seen them bring real comfort to dying patients.
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How Do Changing Seasons Affect Dementia Patients?

When we turn our clocks back and days get shorter, many of us feel disoriented and mourn the loss of daylight. But for patients with dementia, the effects can be profound. A symptom called sundowning, which relates to increased agitation or confusion among men and women experiencing dementia, is common and disruptive. And as we usher in the colder months, sundowning can get worse.
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Breast Cancer & End-of-Life Concerns

Despite many advances in treatment for breast cancer, there may come a time when patients with metastatic breast cancer begin to consider hospice care. It may happen because curative treatment is no longer available. Or the patient may decide to end curative treatments on their own.
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How to Treat Skin Tears

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and more fragile. Bumps, scratches, and cuts happen more easily and take longer to heal. Skin tears become more common. Seniors may also be facing diabetes, poor nutrition, poor circulation, or a weakened immune system which makes healing more difficult.
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Breaking the Cycle & Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Some return trips to the hospital are unavoidable due to complications or new and unrelated problems. But too often, a rushed discharge process, inadequate coordination among healthcare providers, and a lack of critically important follow-up care leave discharged patients struggling to follow instructions about a new diagnosis or medication.
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