Tag: Non-Pharmacological

Articles about non-pharmacological means to maintain comfort at the end-of-life.

Managing Shortness of Breath in Hospice Care: Non-Pharmacological Methods for Comfort

Using A Small Fan To Help Reduce Shortness Of Breath
Shortness of breath, or dyspnea, is a common symptom that affects many patients in hospice care. It can make breathing difficult and uncomfortable, and cause anxiety and distress. As a hospice nurse, I know how hard it can be to see your loved one's struggle with breathlessness. That’s why I want to share with you some non-pharmacological methods that can help ease their breathing and improve their comfort. Non-pharmacological methods are techniques that do not involve taking any medicine. They are safe, easy, and effective ways to manage shortness of breath. They can also help patients feel more relaxed and calmer and improve their quality of life. In this article, I will explain five non-pharmacological methods that have worked well for many hospice patients.
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Promoting Quality of Life in Dementia Through Doll Therapy

Dementia can be a challenging journey, not only for the patients but also for their families and caregivers. One innovative approach that has shown promise in enhancing the quality of life for dementia patients is doll therapy. This therapeutic intervention involves providing dementia patients with life-size baby dolls and encouraging them to interact with these dolls, as well as watching videos of babies. In this article, we will explore how doll therapy can reduce agitation, restlessness, and promote increased comfort and feelings of well-being for dementia patients.
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Understanding Parkinson’s Disease: A Guide for Families

Parkinsons Disease
If you have a loved one diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, you may have many questions and concerns about what to expect and how to provide the best care possible. As an experienced hospice nurse with extensive experience in managing terminal illnesses, I am here to guide you through the journey of Parkinson's disease and offer compassionate support. In this article, we will explore what Parkinson's disease is, the changes your loved one may experience over time, and practical tips to care for them from the onset of the disease until the end-of-life phase.
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Restoring Taste After Radiation Therapy to the Face and Neck

Taste Buds
Radiation therapy is a common treatment for head and neck cancers, but it can lead to the loss of taste, also known as dysgeusia, in some patients. This can be a distressing side effect, but there are steps that patients and caregivers can take to help restore the patient's sense of taste as quickly as possible, with minimal risk. While there is no guaranteed way to restore taste, these tips and strategies may help patients regain some of their enjoyment of food and drink.
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Minimizing Dementia Progression in Loved Ones: Beyond Medications

Nutrition And Dementia Prevention
Dementia is a progressive disease that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. While there is no cure for dementia, there are ways to minimize its progression and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease. Here are some activities to do, activities to avoid, dietary changes to make, and activities to perform to minimize the progression of dementia.
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Detecting Infections in Terminally Ill Geriatric Patients with Dementia

One of the most important roles is to detect and manage infections in terminally ill geriatric patients with dementia. These patients are often at higher risk for infections due to their weakened immune systems, underlying health conditions, and limited mobility. Detecting infections in these patients can be challenging due to their limited communication abilities and other cognitive and physical impairments. However, early detection and management of infections can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life and potentially prolong their life.
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