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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. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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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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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89 mother with dementia; treatment? She's in Hospice care due to age and the doctor does not recommend Aricept (donepezil).

89 mother with dementia; treatment? She's in Hospice care due to age and the doctor does not recommend Aricept (donepezil).

Hospice: Hospice care should make her comfortable. There is truly no Treatment that cures dementia...the medication like Aricept (donepezil) can be used to lengthen the duration of cognitive impairment. At 89 and on Hospice, the Aricept (donepezil) will most likely not have a mojor effect, hence the Dr. not likely to use it. I know it is tough to see mom this way, but the Dr. and the Hospice care, as well as your love will help. ...Read more

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My dad in hospice has been on dialysis 4yrs. Doctors say dialysis is no longer helpful, what does that mean? He says he wants to continue dialysis.

My dad in hospice has been on dialysis 4yrs.  Doctors say dialysis is no longer helpful, what does that mean? He says he wants to continue dialysis.

Tough decision: Hospice therapy centers upon comfort care. Dialysis is life sustaining. Usually the decision to stop dialysis and start hospice go together. One could argue that the dialysis provides relief from shortness of breath or edema, to say that dialysis is no longer helpful implies that these goals are unattainable. Stopping dialysis will not affect comfort in that case. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does hospice care really mean?

Hello doctors, what does hospice care really mean?

It is comfort care: End of life care is often called hospice care. The goal here is to provide comfort care, minimize suffering and let nature take its course. No curative therapy is used any longer once hospice care has been requested. ...Read more

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What extra curricular activities or things must I do to become a doctor? Is volunteering at a hospice good?

Do what you enjoy: Having medically related volunteer activities may help you realize if this is fhe career for you, but they have little "real world" relevance to getting into medical school. A high academic achievement, showing the ability to be committed (to anything- a rock band even) is far more important.. ...Read more

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My dad is in hospice. He reached the final death stage. He has now did 4 days with no water and the doctor told me giving him a IV of water is just going to prolong his death and pain. Is this true?

My dad is in hospice. He reached the final death stage. He has now did 4 days with no water and the doctor told me giving him a IV of water is just going to prolong his death and pain. Is this true?

Food not needed.: Yes it is true. Giving intravenous fluid will prolong his sufferings, and prolong his death. If fluid is given by mouth it all will end up in his lungs, aspiration will cause him breathing difficulties. At the end of life patients are not hungry, and they have no desire to eat or drink. Doctors will help reduce his pain, shortness of breath, and anxiety. At this stage only 'comfort care' is need. ...Read more

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Can I keep my family doctor if I am under hospice care?

Certainly: You can even continue to see specialists. Although your care should be co-ordinated, hospice care allows for all patient needs to be met. ...Read more

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How dpes family or doctor determine when to stop tube feeding in hospice?

How dpes family or doctor determine when to stop tube feeding in hospice?

Quality of life: For the vast majority of hospice patients, tube feeding actually makes them more uncomfortable--they retain fluid, have more secretions, have to deal with the tube. And tube feeding has never been shown to improve quality of life or lengthen survival--and this has been studied. Removing the tube can improve comfort and dignity, and won't hasten death. ...Read more

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My doc put me on hospice i want a 2nd opinion. Don't have much money. Doing nothing for me and i feel good. I have cervical cancer i don't want to die?

Phase I trial: Certain people may have no standard or fda approved drugs available after they failed several treatments but if they are still in good shape with good organ function, they may qualify for an experimental (phase i clinical trial). Look for a place where this can be offered. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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End Of Life Care (Definition)

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