Independence Day in Indianapolis 2021

July 4, 1776 marks the date the Colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring our country independent from Great Britain and the rule of the British king. While celebrations took place at the White House starting in 1801, it wasn’t until almost 100 years later in 1870 when Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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, […]

Three Ways to Relieve Your Stress

We all have stress, from work demands to our home lives, we are all managing some degree of pressure. Chronic stress can greatly affect your health and your happiness and though we can all recite the common fixes like meditation, exercise or taking a vacation, having some practical, go to strategies can help to create […]

The Inconvenient Truth About Convenience Food

Medical research has recently linked ultra-processed convenience foods with premature death. The findings, published on line in JAMA Internal Medicine and reported by Medscape state that: “Ultraprocessed foods include mass-produced, ready-to-eat foods such as packaged snacks, sugary drinks, breads, candies, ready-made meals and processed meats. Such foods usually contain “empty calories” and have a high […]

Cancer and the Hospice Conversation

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease. According to the American Cancer Society, in the United States about 1,620 people were expected to die of cancer each day in 2015, which equates to nearly 590,000 people. When you have cancer and you have tried many treatments without […]

Gratitude Amidst Grief

Grieving the impending loss of a loved one doesn’t naturally bring to mind gratitude, yet there are elements within the hospice experience for which to be grateful. It’s worthwhile to consider the deeply meaningful manifestations hospice can bring to a terminally ill patient and their loved ones as they cope with the end of life […]

Benefits of Hospice for Those with End Stage Heart Failure

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Heart disease takes over 620,000 American lives each year and is the leading cause of death, yet in 2014 only 15% of patients admitted to hospice had a primary diagnosis of heart disease. Many patients and families currently suffering under the devastating effects of end stage heart disease will find relief with hospice care. The […]