Tag: Palliative Care

Articles about palliative care including the differences between palliative care and hospice care which is palliative care at end-of-life.

Supporting a Loved One’s Decision to Voluntarily Stop Eating and Drinking in Hospice Care

vsed and the body response
When a terminally ill loved one expresses a desire to voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED), it can be a challenging and emotional situation for families. Understanding their wishes, providing support, and ensuring a comfortable end-of-life journey are essential considerations. In this article, we will explore how families can support their loved ones' decision, help, and alleviate suffering during this grim time.
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Understanding Liver Disease: A Guide for Families

End Stage Liver Disease
Having a loved one diagnosed with liver disease can be a challenging and emotional journey for both the patient and their family. As an experienced hospice nurse with years of experience in hospice care, I understand the importance of providing compassionate and informative support during this grim time. In this article, we will explore what to expect over the course of liver disease, the changes that may occur in your loved one, and how to provide the best care from onset until the end of life.
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Understanding Changes in Palliative Performance Scale in the Last Six Months of Life

Palliative Performance Scale Ppsv2
In the journey towards end-of-life care, understanding the Palliative Performance Scale (PPSv2) and its downward changes in the last six months can provide valuable insights for hospice caregivers, patients, and families. This article aims to break down these changes' month by month, offering guidance on what to expect during this crucial period.
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A Holistic Approach: Hospice Nursing Assessment vs. Hospital/Nursing Home Assessment

The Intersection Of Palliative Care Prior To End Of Life And End Of Life Palliative Care Especially In The Last Hours
As an experienced hospice nurse, I understand the importance of providing compassionate care that focuses on maximizing patient comfort and removing avoidable distress. The hospice nursing assessment differs from assessments conducted in hospitals or nursing homes, where the focus is often on normal versus abnormal vital signs and lab values. In this article, I will compare the hospice nursing assessment to assessments done in other healthcare settings, providing examples that highlight the unique approach of hospice nursing.
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Understanding Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and How to Care for Your Loved One: A Guide for Families

Multiple Sclerosis Common Symptoms
Receiving a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be overwhelming for both the patient and their family. As an experienced hospice nurse with years of experience, I am here to provide you with information and support on what to expect over the course of the disease. In this guide, we will discuss the changes your loved one may experience and how you can best care for them from the onset of MS until the end of life.
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Understanding Heart Failure and What to Expect: A Guide for Families

Types Of Heart Failure
Dealing with a loved one's heart failure can be overwhelming, but with the right knowledge and support, you can provide the best care possible. This guide aims to help families understand what heart failure is, what changes to expect in their loved one's condition, and how to provide compassionate care throughout the journey, from onset to end-of-life.
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The Benefits of Deprescribing Medications in Hospice: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Hospice Nurses

Common Medications That May No Longer Be Needed For Terminally Ill Patients
I know just how important it is to provide comfort and support during this challenging journey. One aspect of hospice care that often raises concerns is deprescribing medications. In this article, we'll explore what deprescribing is and why it can be beneficial for patients nearing the end of life.
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Caring for a Loved One with Terminal Cancer: A Guide for Families

common signs of potential cancer
Receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis for a loved one can be overwhelming and emotional. I understand the challenges you may face in providing care and support during this difficult journey. This educational article aims to guide families on what to expect over the course of the disease, what changes they might see in their loved one, and how to best care for them from onset until the end.
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Dispelling Myths About Hospice Care

Hospice Is About Living. Quality Of Life Over Length Of Life
Hospice care is often misunderstood, shrouded in myths that can prevent individuals and families from accessing the compassionate support they need during a challenging time. In this article, we will address common misconceptions about hospice care and provide you with the facts. Our goal is to empower you with accurate information so you can make informed decisions when considering hospice for yourself or a loved one.
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Advocating for Your Terminally Ill Loved One in a Facility

distressed woman
As a family member of a terminally ill loved one receiving care in a facility, you play a vital role in ensuring they receive the best possible care and support during their journey towards a good death. Advocating for your loved one involves understanding their needs, communicating effectively with the facility staff, and staying informed about their care plan. This article aims to provide you with guidance on how to be an effective advocate, asking the right questions, and ensuring your loved one's comfort and well-being.
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What is Hospice?

Understanding Hospice Care: A Guide for Families If you or your loved one is facing a serious illness and needs extra care and support, hospice care may be the right choice. Hospice is a special kind of care that helps people who are nearing the end of their lives feel as comfortable and peaceful as possible.
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