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Can hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

Can  hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

It depends...: It depends on the hospital course. If the person was admitted for a condition and treated but worsened during the hospitalization to the point that death was imminent, comfort care or hospice care may occur in the hospital. However, most hospitals will try and transfer people home or to a skilled nursing facility with hospice care if the person has a little longer to live. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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


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How are palliative care programs set up?

How are palliative care programs set up?

Good question!: I wasn't sure, but i found this: http://www.Growthhouse.Org/palliative/ there is also a national association for homecare and hospice; they may have more useful information. It's a great question, and a much-needed service! ...Read more

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Is hospice care passionate?

Is hospice care passionate?

Another thought: I'm wondering if you meant, is hospice care compassionate? The idea of hospice is to provide specialized medical care for someone who is near the end of life, and their family--and usually patients and families find that hospice care is very compassionate--at its best hospice addresses all the aspects of dying. ...Read more

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What are the differences between subacute care, outpatient care, hospice care, home health care?

What are the differences between subacute care, outpatient care, hospice care, home health care?

Also: Subacute care in many skilled nursing facilities usually entails significant specialized care, like patients on long term ventilators. These patients are too stable for the hospital but because the tracheostomy & vent require constant monitoring and nursing care. If a pt can't be taken off the vent they are usualy transferred to a facility where this type of care is usual. ...Read more

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Can you weigh the benefits of in-patient and out-patient, hospital and home care for palliative care?

Can you weigh the benefits of in-patient and out-patient, hospital and home care for palliative care?

It depends: Palliative care can be provided in all these settings. If some symptoms are too severe, e.g., pain, it may be necessary to hospitalize the patient. ...Read more

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How do primary care providers involve support groups when planning for patient's care?

How do primary care providers involve support groups when planning for patient's care?

Often through social: workers, online communities or through office personnel. Support groups are everywhere and usually free. United Way in my area forms the connection hub to most, but County hotlines are very helpful. Some cities even have special phone lines for available services. San Diego has 211. Some psychologists form their own support groups out of existing patient pools. Be creative. ...Read more

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Explain palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Explain  palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Both ease symptoms!: Pallative care in a hospital is often delivered by a consulting team of clinicians, or in a specialized inpatient unit. Patients at any stage of illness can be helped by palliative care. Hospice is one form of palliative care that usually is delivered at home by a team of specialists, focused on the very last phase of life. ...Read more

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Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Development: Many nicus have developmental follow up clinics to evaluate progress and needs after going home from the nicu and the children are prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapy as is warranted. The therapy occurs on developmentally appropriate levels which is often through play therapy. ...Read more

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How are preventive care services covered under the new health care reform law?

How are preventive care services covered under the new health care reform law?

Access for all: Unfortunately, our focus in the us is on treatment rather than prevention. However, accountable care organizations are designed to care for populations of patients rather than just hospital care. Therefore, it will be in everyone's best interest to keep people well and out of the hospital. Probably the most important part of the affordable care act is the provision for healthcare for all. ...Read more

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Does hospice care offer full-time nursing care?

Hospice: Hospice is an end of life service through medicare or private insurance. It will not pay for 24/7 care unless the person is in the active dying process of the last few days. If you need care in the home you should hire an in home care agency. This is private pay and not covered by medicare. Some long term care insurance may cover it. Check with your agent. ...Read more

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Could you please describe members of the multidisciplinary team in palliative care ?

Could you please describe members of the multidisciplinary team in palliative care ?

It varies: Most PC programs have doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and a chaplain/spiritual counselor. Psychologists are included in some programs. ...Read more

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Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

The time to: Shift from exclusive focus on cure, to acceptance that cure is not possible, time to focus on quality, comfort and care is difficult for many. Today, evidence is pointing toward integrating comfort measures for pain, nausea, fatigue and sleep early during "cure care". Amazingly, people treated this way live longer, and more comfortably. It's what i would want! ...Read more

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Are intensive care and critical care the same thing?

Yes: Yes, there are different intensive care unit ( cardiovascular, surgical or medical). The physician practicing in these units are Critical Care physicians. ...Read more

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How to feel about the issue of revewing hospital decisions for hospital inpatient care?

How to feel about the issue of revewing hospital decisions for hospital inpatient care?

Can't answer.: Not sure what you are wanting to ask. If you could reframe your question, it would help to provide an answer. ...Read more

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How is palliative care done in a hospice setting?

How is palliative care done in a hospice setting?

Hospice: Well, you may just need a palliative approach to care; comfort over cure. Hospice is palliative care in the last months of life. Discuss with your physician about working on your comfort or find a physician who is hospice and palliatively board-certified. It is unfortunate that cms has sort of defined hospice meaning palliative care for the last six months of life, but this is only an estimate. ...Read more

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What health care professionals are part of a cardiac rehab team?

What health care professionals are part of a cardiac rehab team?

MDs, RNs, etc: Cardiac rehab, when done right, involves physicians to set goals and monitor vital signs during activity, physical therapists to oversee exercise, and various providers to counsel on diet, smoking cessation, etc. These latter can include social workers, nutritionists, psychologists/psychiatrists, etc. ...Read more

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How do child care providers benefit from the adopt a grandparent program?

How do child care providers benefit from the adopt a grandparent program?

Everyone wins: The program matches individuals with elderly, sometimes nursing home residents for the mutual benefit of both the adoptee and adopter. Both get the joy that comes from a meaningful relationship with someone from another generation. A beautiful Swedish film years ago illustrated this "Kannst du pfeifen, Johannes" in which a child adopted a man in a nursing home telling him he was his grandson. ...Read more

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What constitutes interference of health care? Facility wants to evict elderly resident due to visits from friend allegedly interfering with her care.

What constitutes interference of health care?  Facility wants to evict elderly resident due to visits from friend allegedly interfering with her care.

The answer: is a LEGAL one NOT a "medical" one! 'Interfering" needs definition and more information needed to define! Forcing the RESIDENT out does NOT seem "fair"!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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How are palliative and hospice care different?

How are palliative and hospice care different?

Yes Difference!: Many people still think that palliative care means hospice care. But today, hospice is only a small part of palliative care.The goal of palliative care is to prevent or treat the symptoms and side effects of a disease; and it should be part of the picture from the first day a serious illness is diagnosed. Go to www.vitas.com ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Hospice Care (Definition)

Hospice care services are designed to provide care and support for those who are near death but not seeking any ...Read more


End Of Life Care (Definition)

Care that is palliative, ie symptom support , but no treatment of ...Read more