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What’s the Difference? Hospice vs Palliative Care - CompassionCare Hospice

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Both Hospice and Palliative care offer considerate care to patients who suffer from life-limiting illnesses, while also providing pain and symptom management and relief. Hospice care is palliative by nature, but there are important differences. Because more than 90 percent of hospice care is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, hospice patients must meet Medicare’s eligibility requirements, whereas Palliative… Read more »


November Is Hospice, Palliative Care Month - CompassionCare Hospice

a Grandfather and granddaughter are on the road

“It’s about how you live” is the theme for this year’s National Hospice & Palliative Care Month. Hospice and palliative care organizations are the advocates and educators on advanced healthcare planning. We help individuals make decisions about the healthcare they would want to receive should they be faced with a serious or life-limiting illness, or if they were unable… Read more »


Let’s Talk About Hospice - CompassionCare Hospice

Mother and daughter shopping at the market together

You may or may not have heard about hospice care before, in fact, most people have not. It’s a subject that gets avoided constantly and unless faced with an unexpected crisis, almost always never talked about. Some understand the basics but many believe the numerous misconceptions, such as: “It’s for dying people.” “They provide counseling… Read more »


Mammography-What You Need to Know - CompassionCare Hospice

Woman waiting for mammogram

Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness in October leaves no better time to talk about mammograms. Getting one is cringed upon by many women but these are necessary as we age. There are benefits to mammograms, and if you haven’t went for your first exam yet, here are some things to prepare you. Of course the biggest benefit of getting a mammogram is early… Read more »


Hospice Support & Breast Cancer - CompassionCare Hospice

HEALTH CONCEPT: BREAST CANCER

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This disease itself claims the lives of hundreds of thousands each year- affecting women around the world. Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast, some cancer is limited to a certain area of the breast… Read more »


Many Waiting Too Long for Special Care - CompassionCare Hospice

Serene aged husband and wife supporting and staying together during the old age

Hospice care is provided by a core group of professionals who support and treat each hospice patient as a whole. Hospice doesn’t just manage pain. It shows patients and families how to best cope with an illness and addresses all physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. It is care that meets the unique needs of each individual,… Read more »


Breast Cancer Awareness Month - CompassionCare Hospice

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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will pass away from this disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. Similar to hospice, breast cancer has many myths associated with… Read more »


Must Have Questions at End-of-Life - CompassionCare Hospice

being mortal

If you thought you were dying, what would matter most? Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. “Being Mortal”, a Frontline PBS program based off the book, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End”, by Dr. Atul Gawande, underscores the importance… Read more »


A Different Type of Care - CompassionCare Hospice

Jennifer

Hospice is different. Centered on palliative care, which is the management of pain and symptoms so that every moment can be as comfortable and rewarding as possible. Traditional medicine treats the disease, where hospice attends with compassion and respect, to the whole patient. At some point a decision may have to be made-not about ceasing all care,… Read more »


The Hospice Referral Process - CompassionCare Hospice

Hospice Referral Process - CompassionCare Hospice

Much too often, referrals to hospice are made too late, before a patient and family have the chance to benefit from all of the services hospice actually has to offer. The sooner a patient is referred, the better. Many say that the only regret they have about hospice is not signing on sooner. Hospice care… Read more »