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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. Corey Clay
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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 is hospice care tailored to a dying person's needs?

How is hospice care tailored to a dying person's needs?

By symptoms: Hospice care is tailored to control symptoms. There is an assessment by the care team to look at medical symptoms as well as emotional needs. The family situation is also evaluted. Most programs have a very integrated approach to care. ...Read more

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When the doctor recommends hospice would it be helpful if the children encourage their dying?

When the doctor recommends hospice would it be helpful if the children encourage their dying?

Hospice: Maybe your questiion is about a sick parent that has a terminal disease-should the children of the terminal parent encouage them to "let go".I have been a hospice dr. At some points in my medical career.Dying is a process, not only for the terminal patient; but also for the family and friends.Children who have been supportive of their ill parent will know when to express this feeling that it's o-k. ...Read more

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Which things should I ask the hospital caseworker about hospice for my husband who's dying of lymphoma?

Ask if they can help: Sorry for your husband's illness. Hospice can be a source of great comfort both for you & your husband. They can provide respite care for you, so you can have some personal time while he is cared for he can have another volunteer come & visit. Hospice services typically provides all medication that is needed, but not for room and board. Typically the hospice nurse can answer all these questions. ...Read more

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in mort school we learned, by messaging feet of dying hospice pt. , you can keep them alive a few hours more, any truth? Something bout circulation

in mort school we learned, by messaging feet of dying hospice pt. , you can keep them alive a few hours more, any truth?  Something bout circulation

Interesting...: I can imagine that it might be comforting to be massaged in the last hours, but I can't see how it could possibly prolong life in any significant way. Improved circulation or not. ...Read more

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My friend has a fear of dying. Can hospice provide counselor's?

My friend has a fear of dying. Can hospice provide counselor's?

Absolutely: Depending on the hospice, it might be a social worker, or nurse, or chaplain. But most people are fearful of dying, and it's important to address it. So encourage your friend to find the right person for him or her. Talking through this is very beneficial for most patients, because it can ease fears, and help people plan and draw on their own resources. ...Read more

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What are some of the signs of dying? My mom is on hospice and has started feeling things like her clothes, my hands, etc. Friend said this is a sign.

What are some of the signs of dying? My mom is on hospice and has started feeling things like her clothes, my hands,  etc. Friend said this is a sign.

Hospice nurse: will tell you what you need to know. Please ask her/him about this or ask the hospice medical social worker. Your mom may be reaching out for reassurance. Peace good health. ...Read more

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What is a hospice?

Hospice care: 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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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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Are you allowed to go home from hospice?

Are you allowed to go home from hospice?

End of life care.: Hospice care can be given at home, in the hospital or in a skinned nursing facility. 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. Arthur Balin
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End Of Life Care (Definition)

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