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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...

Arizona Congestive

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...

Arizona Advanced Directive

The Advanced Directive: What You Should Know

In our last post we talked about the importance of having the tough talk with family members in light of a life-limiting or deteriorating medical condition. The goal for these difficult conversations is to ensure everyone involved is united in regard to the patient’s prognosis....

Tips for Having the Tough Talk

Tips for Having the Tough Talk

If you have a loved one who’s facing a difficult or life-limiting illness, it can be easy to focus only on moving from one moment to the next. But it’s important in these situations to also consider the future and what your loved one’s wishes...

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Common Misconceptions Prevent Full Hospice Benefits

We've been spending the last couple of months exploring why hospice stay lengths have been declining nationwide, despite an increase in the number of patients receiving care. In a previous post we examined how - in an effort to prevent fraud - Medicare hospice coverage...

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How Do I Choose a Hospice Program?

If you or someone you love is facing a life-limiting illness, choosing the right hospice program will be one of the most important decisions you make. Studies show that end-of-life patients who receive quality palliative care report higher satisfaction than those who don't. So during...

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Coping with Grief During the Holidays

In our culture, the holiday season is treated as a time for universal joy, celebration, and thankfulness. But for many people, the holidays bring on overwhelming feelings of grief and sadnesses. This is especially true for those who have recently lost a loved one. If...

Hospice Stay Lengths

Why Are Hospice Stay Lengths Falling?

One of the most frequent comments we hear from our patients and their families is, "we wish we would've known about hospice sooner." This is both encouraging and heartbreaking feedback. It's encouraging, in that patients and families see real benefits from their time in hospice....

Arizona Hospice

Hospice Care Questions Answered

The concept of hospice care was first introduced to the U.S. in the mid-1960's, and in the intervening years, the number of Americans receiving care has increased dramatically. In 1982, for example, hospice served only 25,000 people. Thirty years later, 1.6 million people received care. And...