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Hospice and Palliative Care: Planning
Hospice and Palliative Care: Planning When a patient is diagnosed as being terminally ill, it means the illness cannot be cured and he or she is going to die of their illness. Death is not a subject that many people like to talk about. When diagnosed with a terminal illness, some people are able and willing to talk about their impending death while others are not. Likewise, family and friends may be more open or less open to talking about these issues. Talking with healthcare providers and spiritual lea...
Hospice and Palliative Care: Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death
Hospice and Palliative Care: Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death Your hospice team's goal is to help prepare you for some of the things that might occur close to the time of death of your loved one. Although we can never predict exactly when a terminally ill person will die, we know when the time is getting close, by a combination of signs and symptoms. Not all of these signs will appear at the same time, and some may never appear at all. All of the signs described are ways the body prepares itself ...
Hospice or Palliative Care: Management
Hospice or Palliative Care: Management Hospice care Many people consider hospice to be a place where people go to die. However, hospice (or palliative care) is not a place, but a special type of care for terminally ill patients and their families. Terminally ill means that the patient's illness cannot be cured and he or she is going to die from the illness. Therefore, hospice care is not meant to cure the patient, but to provide comfort for him or her. Hospice caregivers often provide this type of care ...
Types of Hospice Care Services
Types of Hospice Care Services What are the different types of hospice care services? Hospice care, unlike home health care, provides treatment to manage pain and symptoms associated with a terminal illness. In addition, hospice care gives support--emotionally, spiritually, and socially to the patient and the family. The goal of hospice is to provide comfort and care, not "cure" the illness or disease, like home health care. Pain and symptom control are the objectives of all hospice services. The goal o...
Hospice Care Statistics
Hospice Care Statistics According to the latest statistics available from the Hospice Association of America and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: More than 5,000 hospices participate in the Medicare program in the U.S. From the first program that opened in 1974, hospice programs continue to grow and are located in all 50 states. In 2009, an estimated 1.56 million people received hospice services. Recent statistics also indicate that around 42 percent of all deaths in the U.S. occur...
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Using Hospice Care

Compassionate Drug Use
Compassionate Drug Use What is compassionate drug use? Compassionate drug use is the use of an investigational medicine when you are seriously ill but not enrolled in a clinical trial. Investigational medicines are in the process of being studied but have not yet been approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration. Normally, investigational medicines undergo strict testing through many stages of clinical trials before they are available to the public. They are tested for safety, side...
Types of Home Health and Hospice Care Providers
Types of Home Health and Hospice Care Providers Who provides home health and hospice care services? Home health and hospice care can be provided by many different types of organizations, agencies, companies, and individuals. Choosing the service that is right for your family requires some research. Some of the more common types of providers are: Home health agencies. More than 12 million individuals receive care from more than 33,000 providers in home health care in the U.S. today. Some home health care...
Planning for End of Life
Planning for End-of-Life No one likes to think about the end-of-life, let alone consider questions about how one's final days will be spent. It's important to remember that we have medical choices that weren't available even 50 years ago. Planning for the end of life makes sense for everyone, regardless of health or life circumstances. Thinking it through It's always best to make important decisions without pressure. You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach ...