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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...

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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...

Arizona Hospice Terminal Illness

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...