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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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End Of Life Care (Overview)

Care that is palliative, ie symptom support , but no treatment of underlying disease or cardio-resuscitation.


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Whats essential to good end-of-life care?

Whats essential to good end-of-life care?

A short list: A study of what patients want included the following: -excellent pain and symptom control -not prolonging life inappropriately -achieving a sense of control -strengthening important relationship -reducing b├╝rden on family (including non-biological family!) i would add--a place to be, either at home or in a facility that gives the patient a sense of security and peace. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
8 doctors shared insights

End Of Life Care (Overview)

Care that is palliative, ie symptom support , but no treatment of underlying disease or cardio-resuscitation.


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Can you explain to me what 'end of life care' is?

Can you explain to me what 'end of life care' is?

Palliative - Hospice: At a point when a fatal illness becomes un-treatable, palliative care may keep one comfortable and as strong as well as possible until death. Other, treatable conditions will be treated during this time and pain will be addressed. Sometimes this is in the home, but it may be inpatient. It is often part of hospice care. It may also include counseling for the patient and loved ones. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Where can I find the best source for end of life care?

Where can I find the best source for end of life care?

Your community: You can go to http://www.Nhpco.Org/palliative-care-0 for information about hospice care. You can also do a web search for "hospice" in your local community. This will bring up the available hospice organizations in your area. Visit them and talk to the providers so you can understand what each one offers, and whether they feel right for you or your loved one. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: end of life care?

What is the definition or description of: end of life care?

Palliative care: Care that is palliative, ie symptom support , but no treatment of underlying disease or cardio-resuscitation. ...Read more

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In hospices, what's end-of-life care?

In hospices, what's end-of-life care?

Variable: Hospice can be either in a facility or at home . It is designed to take of symptoms that bother the patient, ie pain, nausea, vomiting, etc. ...Read more

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What family should I include when I talk to the person I am caregiving for about end of life care?

What family should I include when I talk to the person I am caregiving for about end of life care?

Confidentiality: I agree that if the patient is competent, they should direct their care. But at the same time, the patient should have a living will, and a medical power of attorney;a close friend or family member who serves to carry out the wishes / intent of the incapacitated family member.Hospice when consulted and "on board" usually help to make sure these end of life documents are in place, also a will. ...Read more

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Questions on end-of-life care at home: who approves it? Do they do autopsy? Who do you call if you find an elderly person died in sleep?

Questions on end-of-life care at home: who approves it? Do they do autopsy? Who do you call if you find an elderly person died in sleep?

Difficult ?: If a person is found alone, it depends on the state, but in most states an autopsy is required and you should call 911 if the person is found dead alone. If a person desires to die at home, that is usually their choice if they are capable of making those decisions. If not and it is their desire and have advanced directives, then the decisions rest with their power of attorneys and finances. ...Read more

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If pt. is D/C'd back to a RCFE but now receives nursing services from a hospice, does this mean end of life care? Pt. had aspirational pneumonia.

If pt. is D/C'd back to a RCFE but now receives nursing services from a hospice,  does this mean end of life care? Pt. had aspirational pneumonia.

If true hospice care: Yes, if it is true hospice care. However, some hospice services also provide "bridge care" for patients whose end is not quite in sight yet (it's like palliative care). Hospice services are a wonderful asset to have at the end of one's life. We all have an end. When our end is in sight, hospice is the way to go. It lets one die a good death, at home, pain-free, worry-free, in peace and quiet. ...Read more

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Can oxygen therapy help with end of life care for someone with chronic kidney disease?

Can oxygen therapy help with end of life care for someone with chronic kidney disease?

Yes: Oxygen therapy will not change the end of life situation or chronic kidney disease. However the oxygen will provide comfort to a person at that stage of their life. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hospice (Definition)

All hospices deliver a similar set of services. They include nursing, assistance with caregivers on a limited basis, chaplaincy, bereavement counseling, social worker and physician care (medical director in many cases). You are covered for many services and this includes medications related to your terminal diagnosis. The hospice team is there to help you transition in the ...Read more