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Does hospice care offer full-time nursing care?

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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Palliative Care (Definition)

Palliative care is a field of medicine relating to the alleviation of pain, especially in ...Read more


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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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Giving Palliative Care (Checklist)

Make a list of medicines and times to give them
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Keep number for doctors and other caregivers (for example hospice agency) handy
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What doctors can provide palliative care?

What doctors can  provide palliative care?

Many doctors: Many doctors provide palliative care in their own specialities. However for complicated problems and issues there are now board-certified palliative medicine specialists. For example if you had pneumonia, your doctor would give you antibiotics; but if your case became complicated, your doctor would send you to a specialist--same thing for palliative care. ...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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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
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Exercise by walking, swimming, or biking
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Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
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Do some form of meditation to decrease stress
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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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Whats palliative care?

Whats palliative care?

Relieve symptoms: Palliative care refers to medical care typically used for patients with terminal illness with a focus on relieving symptoms, pain and stress rather than a focus on curing the underlying medical problem. ...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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Would the hospice give better care in a nursing home?

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Would the hospice give better care in a nursing home?

Palliative/ Hospice: Hospice serves pts in their own homes, nursing homes, long-term care or assisted living facilities or hospitals. Pts receive palliative care to ease pain, and discomforting symptoms; psycho-social, and spiritual support. Hospice care is focused on maintaining dignity, increasing quality of life, and providing comfort , including pain and symptom management. Hospice gives best care at end of life ! ...Read more

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How is palliative care and pain management different from euthanasia?

The Goal: The purpose of palliative care and pain management is to support a person with a life-threatening disease and allow them to make the most of whatever time they have left. The purpose of euthanasia is to assist them in ending their life so they don't need to experience (or fear) the pain and disability that can happen at the end of natural life. ...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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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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What is palliative care?

Pain control: Palliative care is care that addresses pain and suffering. It is comfort care. It does not seek to cure disease. ...Read more

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Wht is palliative care?

Symptom relief &more: I agree with dr turrisi that palliative care specifically refers to care addressing symptom relief. This can be for pain, nausea, and even such things as spiritual or emotional distress. It is often associated with end of life care, but it does not have to be; however, consulting with a palliative care specialist can help patients and families address those big decisions proactively. ...Read more

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Is palliative care given through an iv?

Is palliative care given through an iv?

It can be. : Palliative care is treatment of symptoms. They can range from shortness of breath, nausea, pain, etc. The preferred method is via oral (by mouth)., unless the symptoms are severe, or patient is in a crisis at which point subcutaneous or Intravenous IV is an option if oral fails or is not possible. ...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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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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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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Are intensive care and critical care the same thing?

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

Palliative (Definition)

Palliative care is treatment focused on reducing the suffering of an individual rather than ...Read more