Symptom Relief for Terminal Illness

Remember to rely on a trained hospice worker, a trusted nurse or a doctor for specific directions for your ‘patient’ before you take extreme measures.

Caregiving, Long Term Care Policy Proposal Discussions on Capitol Hill

“It’s more dangerous to be a home health aide than it is to be a coal miner.” Howard Gleckman, senior research associate at the Urban Institute, said that as he described the state of home health care in the U.S. at Genworth Financial’s Fourth Annual Long Term Care Symposium on Monday, September 14, in Washington, D.C.

25 Top Hospice, Death Care and Eldercare Blogs

Are you seeking expert advice on how to work with an elderly parent? Do you want to find information about your own aging? Many experts, including lawyers, hospice nurses and nursing home advocates, have taken to the Web to offer their advice and knowledge through the following up-to-date blogs. Their information may be what you need to answer your questions about aging, deathcare and eldercare.

The Best Place for Hospice Training

Do you care about people, especially those individuals who are terminally ill? This type of care requires a special affinity for understanding and some psychological training. While many social workers and psychologists may be called to caring for hospice patients, others may not have the college degree that seems necessary for this job. You may be surprised to learn that many hospice workers are volunteers who may not have a college degree, and the only requirement is registration for local classes or training.

More People Know about Photography than Hospice Care

When the photography exhibit “The Art of Caring” opened on May 16 at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), the National Hospice Foundation was proud to be present as a “Caring Partner” for the section on “Remembering.”

Your Hospice Rights

If you are considering hospice care for yourself or a loved one, you might want to know about Hospice Patients Alliance (HPA). This group was formed in August 1998 as a non-profit means to serve the U.S. public with health care rights in a hospice situation. HPA was founded by nurse Ron Panzer, and the group was formed by hospice staff and health care professionals who felt that some patients were not receiving adequate death care during the end-of-life cycle.

The Best Deathcare Sites Online

If you’re interested in hospice care for yourself or a loved one, where do you seek advice? Hospice or palliative care, has been around for just over a quarter century, so you might not know where to seek information or which questions to ask about death care for yourself or a family member or friend. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of sites that belong to well-organized nonprofit groups or professional organizations or that have been built by professionals in the death care field.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care was created less than forty years ago. Florence Wald, who recently died on November 15, 2008, is considered to be a leader in U.S. hospice care. She helped to organize the first program, Connecticut Hospice in Branford in 1974, and her husband and children also became involved in the hospice movement.

What is Long-Term Care?

Long-term care refers to a broad range of medical and personal services designed to assist individuals who have lost the ability to function independently. While the need for long-term care often refers to individuals with chronic disabilities or physical or mental impairments, long-term care also applies to individuals
who are at the end of life transition.