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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

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“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 »


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

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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

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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 »


Choose Hospice Today - CompassionCare Hospice

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Because of the long list of options there are for seniors, end-of-life care no longer primarily happens at home. Approximately 25 percent of all U.S. deaths occur in a long-term care setting and this number is expected to grow. Up to 20 percent of all deaths in the U.S. occur in the hospital ICU or shortly after… Read more »


Palliative Care Not Being Received As Many Believe - CompassionCare Hospice

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Palliative care, which includes treatments meant to provide relief from symptoms and the stress of serious chronic illnesses, is being offered to patients more these days. Despite dramatic growth in the number of hospitals providing such care over the last decade, full palliative care services remain unavailable to most individuals. Several factors may explain why… Read more »


Hospice Is Helping Others - CompassionCare Hospice

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Hospice is a different type of care, provided by a team of dedicated health professionals in your home or wherever you and your love-ones need their help. Those who are eligible for hospice services must be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or disease and choose to forgo aggressive treatments. Centered on palliative care, hospice closely monitors… Read more »


The Hospice Referral Process - CompassionCare Hospice

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Modern medicine has always focused on the cure. But what if there is no cure? In the past we used to be told , “Nothing more can be done.” With hospice, there is much more that can be done. Anyone with a progressive, life-limiting illness or condition may be appropriate for hospice. A patient themselves,… Read more »


Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late - CompassionCare Hospice

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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization voices their concern over the short lengths of service provided to hospice patients. NHPCO recommends that physicians, patients, and loved-ones discuss their end-of-life options before a crisis occurs-before it’s too late. Early referrals to hospice assure that pain and symptom management begin immediately and reduces unnecessary hospitalizations. Anyone diagnosed… Read more »


Hospice Supports Those at Home - CompassionCare Hospice

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Living with a serious illness or caring for a loved one who is seriously ill can be one of life’s most challenging times. Many people are surprised to learn hospice is intended for weeks and months of care, not just for the last days of someone’s life. People are also under false pretenses that hospice is… Read more »