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Death of Former First Lady Sparks New Conversation About Hospice

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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 decided to end treatment and would instead focus only on ‘comfort care’. Of course, the death of such a high-profile American is bound to bring press coverage. But by announcing her choice for hospice care prior to her death, Mrs. Bush spurred a much-needed online conversation about the nature and benefits of hospice care. Here’s a roundup of some of the coverage we’ve been reading:

Barbara Bush’s Death Renews Conversation About Palliative Care, Hospice

In this article from Chattanooga’s Times Free Press, Dr. Joanne Lynn – director of the program to improve elder care at Altarum Institute – talks about her career in hospice care and the importance of talking more openly about it. Years ago, Dr. Lynn worked with Mrs. Bush to found the hospice program at The Washington Home.

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Hospice is Different from Palliative Care but Both are Considered ‘Comfort Care’

Some people were confused by the former first lady use of the term ‘comfort care’ rather than ‘hospice’ or ‘palliative care’. This piece from The Chicago Tribune clearly outlines the differences between these two philosophies of care and reveals that the term ‘comfort care’ is simply a general term doctors are now using to start this important conversation with their patients.

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Barbara Bush’s Passing Leads Chicoans to Reflect on Town’s History of Hospice Care

Because she was a lifelong advocate of hospice care, some find it fitting that Mrs. Bush decided to spend her last days under hospice care. This piece from Redding, California’s KRCR examines the regions own long history of hospice care.

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Barbara Bush is Receiving ‘Comfort Care’ for Her Failing Health — What Does That Mean?

In this piece from Yahoo, the author examines the idea of ‘comfort care’ and interviews a hospice nurse to talk about the benefits and common misconceptions about the hospice industry.

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Important Conversations

We often avoid talking about difficult topics like death and dying. But studies show that patients who receive hospice care earlier in the course of their illness experience a higher quality-of-life than patients that don’t. But in order to get that care earlier, patients have to know about the benefits of hospice care, know when they need it, and know how to ask for it. None of these objectives can be accomplished through silence. And while the death of a former first lady is sad, in this instance it could truly lead to greater acceptance of this beneficial form of end-of-life care. And that would be of great benefit to many, many Americans.

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