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What's the role of hospice?

What's the role of hospice?

End of life care.: Hospice is meant for those who seemingly at the end of life, although that end can still be many months away. The emphasis of hospice care is not trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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Would you preferentially select a hospital based if they offered hospice care services?

Would you preferentially select a hospital based if they offered hospice care services?

It depends: If you have a potentially terminal illness, or are looking for a complete cancer progam you might. If you need cardiac surgery, orthopedics or other advanced care it is not likely to influence the decision. You want to pick a hospital based upon your needs, and the reputation of the staff and the hospital itself. ...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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What factors are used to determine hospice care? When can hospice care be removed (but not death). Person under hospice for almost a year now.

What factors are used to determine hospice care?  When can hospice care be removed (but not death). Person under hospice for almost a year now.

Patient's wishes: Hopefully the patient in question expressed their end of life preferences before they became unable to make their own choices. When a care plan of hospice is enacted, the focus is on comfort, which is a great thing. Sometimes a patient's death may be hastened by focusing more on comfort (say by giving morphine) but hospice is more of a BIG PICTURE type care plan. These discussions are complex. ...Read more

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My mother is in hospice care; how to know when death is near?

My mother is in hospice care; how to know when death is near?

You can have some id: It is difficult to predict exactly but you can have some estimate most time. Before she passes she will gradually decline in her general health and activity level. As long as she can get out of the bed and move, she has a month or two to go. If she is bed fast, then her food intake and alertness level along with her other body functions will give you signals of how close she is to pass. ...Read more

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Mom's on hospice care, heart, blood clots, dementia. She is constipated, likely from meds. How to ease pain. Quality of life over quantity.

Mom's on hospice care, heart, blood clots, dementia. She is constipated, likely from meds. How to ease pain. Quality of life over quantity.

Simple....: Hydration, fruits and vegetables, if she can take. If not miralax/Metamucil regularly. Medicine Amitza is a good help so also Linzess....may have to adjust the dose as per effect. ...Read more

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Who provides hospice care? Cnas?

A team!: Hospice teams involve a doctor, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, pastoral care, volunteers, choreworkers, and others. A patient and family will typically interact with all of these clinicians over the course of care. Most hospice have a primary nurse who is the clinician they see the most. ...Read more

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What are different types of hospice care?

See below: Hospice can be done at home with caregiver present, inpatient hospice at the local hospital for acute management only or respite or nursing home while the loved one has a long term care placement or respite. The level of care is depend on the severity of symptoms, meaning that more care is needed with worsening of symptoms and actively dying. ...Read more

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What are some of the benefits for hospice care?

What are some of the benefits for hospice care?

Many: There are many benefits from active pain control to social supports for the family as well as the patient. My experience with hospice workers has been that they are extremely compassionate and caring and very responsive to the patient and family members. They can help patients stay in their home environment which is often what they want. ...Read more

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What's a hospice care plan made for and by whom?

Hospice care is: Usually planned by the hospice team. This includes doctors, nurses, social workers, and clergy. It is designed for people who have an approximately 6 month survival and who have either exhausted more aggressive care possibilites or are too frail. It is not limited to cancer. It is different than palliative care. There time is not critical and treatment is ongoing. Their goal is symptom management. ...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


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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End Of Life Care (Definition)

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