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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....

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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...

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Death and Hospice Care

The way we approach dying in America has changed dramatically over the course of a generation, and it has a lot to do with changes in how we live. Since 1970, the average life expectancy in the United States increased by nearly a decade. Of...

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The Symptoms of Dying

We recently came across two remarkable articles written by Dr. Sara Manning Peskin for The New York Times describing what she refers to as, "The Symptoms of Dying." Her first piece reviews in great detail the common physical symptoms that accompany dying. By contrast, her second article explores...

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5 Things to do After a Loved One Receives a Terminal Diagnosis

When someone you love receives a terminal diagnosis, your world can change overnight. It's natural to feel helpless in these situations. After all, if a doctor can't fix the problem, what could you possibly do? But there are simple steps you can take in the...

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Hospice Nursing is a Special Calling

By design, good hospice programs focus on patient and family care first. And rightly so. End-of-life transitions can be painful events for everyone involved, and a dose of quality care in those difficult moments can go a long way in easing that pain. That is,...

Will Medicare Pay for My Hospice Care?

Because hospice is an end-of-life service, most people who receive care are older. According to a 2015 report by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, between 1.6 and 1.7 million Americans received hospice services in 2014. Of those, 84% were over the age of 65....

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Bereavement Counseling Offers A Path Through Grief

Hospice is - first and foremost - patient centered. At its core, Hospice is a philosophy of care dedicated to providing comfort and improving quality-of-life for patients during their most vulnerable moments. As these patients pass through their final transitions, their hospice experience ends. But for the...

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Palliative Care is Better End-of-Life Care

Just a few days ago, The New York Times' Upshot Blog published a piece written by Dhruv Khullar exploring how our society falls short in conversations surrounding death and dying. We've explored this idea in previous posts, but because The Upshot focuses more on the data...

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Hospice: Caring for Body and Spirit

In a hospital setting, end of life care is almost always about the body. Doctors diagnose how it's failing and work to support those functions for as long as possible. When those efforts fail, doctors can do little more than provide a physical relief from pain. This is...