Benefits Related to Earlier Admission

Hospice is not a place, it is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Hospice and palliative care combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that patients and their families need most when facing a serious […]

In Recognition of Home Healthcare Professionals

During the month of November, the home health care community recognizes National Home Care Month. This time is designated to honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers who make such a remarkable difference in the lives of the patients and families that they serve. Generally, home care services are appropriate […]

It’s About How You Live

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and this year’s theme is “It’s About How You Live”. “Every year, nearly 1.4 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospices in this country,” said Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). “These highly-trained professionals ensure […]

Benefits of Hospice Services for Those with End Stage COPD

Holding Hands

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD is an umbrella term that describes progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis and refractory, or non-reversible asthma. As the third leading cause of death in the United States, it effects over 11 million people. Many patients currently suffering under the devastating effects of end stage COPD, who may […]

The Good News About Aging

Healthy Aging Month

Think it’s too late to “re-invent” yourself?   Think again, September is Healthy Aging® Month and the time to take stock in where you’ve been, think about what you’d like to do for yourself next and make a plan for your future. “September is Healthy Aging Month” was created by Healthy Living’s Editor-in Chief, Carolyn Worthington and […]

Benefits of Hospice Services for Those with End Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

If you are reading this blog, it is likely someone you love has been waging a difficult physical and emotional battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Many patients and families currently suffering under the devastating effects of end stage Alzheimer’s disease can find relief with hospice care. By helping to relieve pain and control symptoms, hospice professionals […]

Common Myths About Hospice

Though the number of people who choose to die in hospice care increases each year, some myths about hospice perseverate about what hospice is and how it works. Several myths surrounding hospice are cleared up below, offering some education for those considering hospice care. Myth: Hospice care is for people giving up on life. Fact: Ultimately, […]

Fall Prevention Tips

The first day of Fall this year, September 22nd, marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day.  This special day, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCA), is an opportunity for everyone to consider how to make your environment as safe as possible for you and your loved ones. According to the NCA, every 11 seconds an […]

Enjoy the Sun Without the Burn, Practice UV Safety

UV Safety

Summer is the season to relax and enjoy being outside and it’s also the most important time to be mindful of your skincare routine. UVA/UVB rays are harmful all year but they can be especially damaging during the summer months because spending free time at the pool, the park or in the yard gives you […]

Dysphagia, What Is It? What Can We Do?

  Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), is a symptom that often accompanies many neurological disorders and can be an alarming development for a hospice patient. The problem can occur at any stage of the normal swallowing process as food and liquid move from the mouth, down the back of the throat, and into the stomach. Whether one […]