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Diseases & Conditions

HOW LONG DOES HOSPICE LAST?

Hospice care is a compassionate service designed to provide comfort and support to individuals facing terminal illnesses. The primary goal is to improve the quality of life for patients in

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Dementia

Vascular Dementia Hospice Criteria

Vascular dementia in hospice refers to providing specialized end-of-life care and support for patients with advanced stages of vascular dementia and a limited life expectancy, typically less than six months.

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Diseases & Conditions

PALLIATIVE CARE FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE

As Parkinson’s progresses and symptoms no longer respond well to treatment, daily living and quality of life become more complex. You and your caregiver may require additional assistance to manage

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Hospice Education

End-Stage Parkinson’s Disease Hospice Criteria

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder affecting movement. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, it affects nearly one million Americans. Living with end-stage Parkinson’s disease can be challenging, even

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Diseases & Conditions

Brain Tumor Hospice Timeline

A person with brain cancer may experience various symptoms that alter as the disease progresses. There is likely to be a decline that impacts the organism as a whole. There

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Dementia

How to Use the Fast Scale for Dementia

If you have a loved one who has dementia, you are probably aware that the disease progresses in stages. The various stages represent different levels of cognitive decline and what

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Dementia

What Is the Fast Scale for Dementia?

The Functional Assessment Staging Tool (FAST) is a dependable method often used to assess the current state of dementia in patients. It offers a thorough and effective evaluation of functional

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Hospice Education

Who Pays for Hospice Respite Care?

Hospice respite care provides a temporary rescue for families and caregivers of terminally ill loved ones. Hospice care manages symptoms and improves the quality of life during this challenging period.

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Diseases & Conditions

Palliative Care For Kidney Failure

If you have end-stage renal illness, we know you’re scared, anxious, and overwhelmed. You may be concerned about coping with this disease’s physical and psychological demands. Chronic renal disease affects

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Hospice Education

Hospice Care For Kidney Failure

End-stage renal disease, often known as kidney disease, requires specialist end-of-life care. Hospice for kidney failure provides symptom treatment, aid with daily duties, emotional support, and relief for primary caregivers

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Hospice Education

Is Palliative Care the Same as Hospice?

People frequently confuse hospice care with palliative care. In actuality, hospice care incorporates palliative care. However, they can be provided as discrete services. Hospice vs. Palliative Care Definitions Hospice Care

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Dementia

Hospice Care For Dementia

Seeing a loved one lose their mind because of dementia is a difficult thing to go through. Most people don’t realize there’s a way to alleviate family difficulties. Hospice care

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Hospice Education

Who Pays for Inpatient Hospice Care?

Hospice provides care and assistance to terminally ill people. It emphasizes comfort rather than curing a problem and gives people the best quality of life. Unlike medical treatment, it addresses

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Hospice Education

How Long Does Hospice Respite Care Last?

According to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), almost 20% of Americans take care of other people. They might care for old family members

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Hospice Education

What is Inpatient Hospice Care?

Inpatient hospices help terminally ill patients, and their families cope with grief and loss. Inpatient hospice patients have a three-month prognosis and conditions too harsh for their families to manage.

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Dementia

7 Stages of Dementia Before Death

7 Stages of Dementia Before Death Dementia is a broad term for a decline in mental abilities that lasts a long time or doesn’t end. Symptoms include memory loss, trouble

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Hospice Education

What Is Hospice Routine Home Care?

Routine home care includes hospice care that is given at home. Hospice care prioritizes comfort and symptom relief over health. Dying patients and their families need physical, mental, and social

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Hospice Education

What is Continuous Home Care in Hospice?

Continuous Care, one of four hospice care options covered by Medicare, is for terminally ill patients. This 24/7 emergency therapy is supplied to the patient’s home for a limited duration.

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Hospice Education

What is Hospice Respite Care?

You may have heard of hospice respite care, but you may not know what it is. Hospice care is palliative care that helps people manage their symptoms and enhance their

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