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REPORT: Few End Stage Renal Patients Receive Hospice Care

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that few Medicare patients on dialysis receive hospice care at the end of their lives. And when those patients do receive care, most aren't enrolled long enough to see the benefit. The study...

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Hospice Care for Congestive Heart Failure Patients

In a recent post, we talked a bit about the challenges end stage congestive heart failure patients face. Short of a heart transplant, there is no cure for the disease. So doctors typically manage their patient's symptoms until the heart finally gives out. That leaves...

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CHAP Accreditation: What Does it Mean?

When faced with a choice between hospice providers, how do consumers make a decision that's right for the patient and their family? We've written about this subject in a previous post, but here we're going to focus on one factor in particular: accreditation. While hospices...

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Royal Wedding Flowers Donated to Hospice Patients

While the recent royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had people buzzing all over the world, one local group participated in the festivities in a very special and surprising way. The day after the big wedding, St. Joseph's Hospice revealed that the flowers...

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Death of Former First Lady Sparks New Conversation About Hospice

The recent passing of former first lady Barbara Bush has sparked renewed online conversation about the benefits of hospice care. Mrs. Bush - who for years battled congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - announced just days before her death that she had...

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New Hospice Facts and Figures Released about Care in America

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization just released its latest annual report detailing how hospice care is used in America. By examining hospice claims data from 2016 - the most recent year available - the report found that 48% of Medicare decedents were enrolled in...

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Hospice Volunteer Celebrated for 10 Years of Service

As we discussed in our last post, April is National Volunteer Month, and your local hospice organization needs volunteers - just like you - to help accomplish their important work. A few days ago we ran across this profile of a Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania woman...

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April is National Volunteer Month

Volunteers are Needed Throughout the Country In 1991 – as part of his 1,000 Points of Light campaign – President George H.W. Bush proclaimed April as National Volunteer Month. President Bush hoped that by setting aside dedicated time for selfless volunteerism, more people would be motivated...

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Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

The heart is your body's engine, pumping nourishing blood from head to toe every moment of every day. But when the heart starts to fail, a cascade of other problems begin. This condition - called congestive heart failure - is the most common reason for...

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Hospice Helped these Florida Parents Let Go

In recent posts, we've talked about why the average length of stay in hospice care is falling and how common misconceptions about hospice care prevent many patients and their families from receiving all the benefits it offers. We recently came across a local news story...