Topic: Hospice: What Every Caregiver Should Know

Hospice: What Every Caregiver Should Know.

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Thanks for posting this Gavin.  I think it is important for family and caregivers to know what hospice is all about.  We are now dealing with hospice for my 88 year old mom who has Parkinson's along with Lewy Bodies, dementia and all it entails.  She is in a nursing home and has gotten to the point of palliative care and hospice is really doing a good job.   Can't say enough about using hospice when the time comes.

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Agree with all that you say about hospice Darla and yes, it s so important for all to know what it involved if that time comes. My dad experiences with them were really good as well. I am sorry to hear about your mum. I hope that all goes well and am thinking of you right now.

Hugs,

Gavin

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Thanks Gavin.  smile

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Thanks Gavin, for your post regarding Hospice.  These "angels" are amazing and a gift to both the patient, caregiver and family members.  They so lovingly guide all involved through this extremely difficult time with compassion and grace.

After my husband passed, we included Hospice in our "in lieu of flowers" contribution as a huge thank you from our family for all they did for us.  Following his passing, we have received supportive literature specific for each family member - spouse, children and grandchildren, and continue to receive a new packet & outreach, quarterly.

I just started attending the "grief support group for spouses" at our local Hospice facility.  The hardest, but best thing I have done for myself, since my husband passed in March.  No one truly knows what we are going through, except other spouses.  They also offer support for your family members of all ages, including camps for our youngest grievers.

Hospice is for everyone!

Cazgirl71

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You're welcome Darla. And Cazgirl, Yes I so agree with what you say as well. My dad went through inhospice care for his last few weeks and I have nothing but good things to say about the care that he received. Nothing was too much trouble for his medical team and they kept him as comfortable as they could throughout.

I hope that the grief support group is good for you and I know that many facilities offer these sort of services for loved ones.

Hugs to you both,

Gavin

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As is the case with any service or product, it is important to weigh your options carefully before deciding on a hospice program.  While nonprofit hospice organizations still exist, in many areas hospice has become a large and lucrative business.  Changes in health care regulations have also placed added pressures on doctors and hospitals to encourge patients to enter hospice rather than continue to receive expensive treatments.  Hospice is often the right decision and many people on this discussion board have found it extremely helpful.  However, make sure you fully understand what services you will receive and what rights you will give up before you sign the paperwork.  This will ensure a less stressful experience and fewer regrets in the future.

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Attached are some relevant link pertaining to US Hospice:

Please remember that the American Cancer Society has professional cancer information specialists who are ready to talk with you about your concerns. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week at our National Cancer Information Center. You can speak to one of them by calling 1-800-227-2345.

Who pays for Hospice Care:
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/finding … e-who-pays

Who provides hospice care?
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/finding … spice-care

What does hospice care provide?
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/finding … e-services

Where is hospice care given?
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/finding … e-settings

How do I find hospice care?
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/finding … ow-to-find

Choosing a hospice care program
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/finding … -questions

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Thanks for those Marion.

Any advice or comments I give are based on personal experiences and knowledge and are my opinions only, they are not to be substituted for professional medical advice. Please seek professional advice from a qualified doctor or medical professional.