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Blog: Hospice Views

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The Role of the Palliative Patient Caregiver

Palliative care is a relatively new and growing field. The definition of a person who needs palliative care ranges from a patient with chronic health problems that could become terminal, to a patient who is on their final rounds of chemotherapy.
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Now It Pays To Talk About Death: Advance Care Planning

Physicians started the new year with two new billing codes for advance care planning. As of January 1, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will now pay physicians for discussing advance care planning with their patients. These conversations can include advance directives, terminal diagnoses and end-of-life care options.
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End-of-Life Care No Longer a Taboo Subject

Death, dying, and the end of life. That’s how the editor of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) describes the content of its January 19, 2016 issue. Perhaps it is coincidence that this month marks the start of coverage of patient-physician discussions about end-of-life by mandate of the Affordable Care Act, or perhaps it is the convergence of a movement in healthcare that has been growing since hospice was first introduced in 1974. Either way, doctors are talking about the quality of life at the end, and the quality of death.
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Cooking for Comfort: Small Plate, Big Taste

It’s not uncommon to think about end-of-life eating and visualize the presence of some sort of feeding tube. The truth is, the presence of that feeding tube isn’t always so common. Deciding on whether or not to use a feeding tube is a huge decision for a family or caregiver to make and it’s not a simple black-and-white choice. The decision process takes time.
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Palliative Care: What is it and When is it a Good Option?

Being an educated consumer of healthcare is not only beneficial, it’s becoming more and more critical to living a happy and healthy life. Knowing what services are available and knowing when it is time to consider those services is the first step in taking your healthcare into your own hands.
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Top 10 Music Playlist for Your Loved One with Dementia

Nineteenth century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” Crossroads Hospice Chaplain David Heineman shares this philosophy: “It touches the soul in many different ways,” he says. “Music is the universal language.”