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Dr. Michael Sparacino
293 doctors shared insights

Hospice Care (Overview)

Hospice care services are designed to provide care and support for those who are near death but not seeking any other life-promoting medical intervention.


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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. Michael Sparacino
293 doctors shared insights

Hospice Care (Overview)

Hospice care services are designed to provide care and support for those who are near death but not seeking any other life-promoting medical intervention.


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What is hospice care?

What is hospice care?

Relieving suffering: Hospice care focuses on relieving or preventing suffering rather than trying to treat the underlying medical problems of patients with terminal illnesses. Hospice care may involve many types of health care professionals and will focus not just on physical but also emotional and social aspects of end-of-life care. ...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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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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When do we use hospice care?

When do we use hospice care?

Sooner : Although hospice care is defined by medicare for any patient with a prognosis of 6 months or less, we often times don't see people come to hospice until they have hours to days. Many physicians think that hospice is only when the patient is "dying, " however the hospice team can provide better care by getting to the know the patient and family over several months rather than hours. ...Read more

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Living a Long Life (Checklist)

Check the CDC website to see what is recommended.
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Asthmatics, diabetics, dialysis patients should have flu shots!
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The only thing you need to get Shingles is a history of chickenpox.
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Update TDaP every 10 yrs.
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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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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
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Exercise by walking, swimiming 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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At what point does a person do hospice care?

WHEN A CHRONIC: Health condition has rendered them unable to care for themselves and are terminal, expected to live 6 mos or less. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
5 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Ira Katz
8 doctors shared insights

End Of Life Care (Definition)

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