Tag: Terminal Disease Progression

Articles about the progression of terminal diseases including how to help provide comfort for terminally ill patients.

Understanding Terminal Illness: How to Recognize the Signs Using Your Senses

Holding The Hands Of A Dying Person
Facing the reality of a loved one's terminal illness can be a challenging and emotional journey. As a hospice registered nurse case manager, I understand the importance of providing compassionate and clear information to empower patients, caregivers, and families. In this article, we'll explore how you, as a family member, can use your own observations and senses to recognize the signs that your loved one may be in the terminal stage of their illness. Remember, while medical professionals have their tools, your observations and intuition significantly matter.
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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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Understanding Functional Decline in the Natural Dying Process

In this article, we delve into the critical topic of functional decline in individuals nearing the end of life. Understanding these changes is invaluable for hospice nurses, caregivers, and family members as they provide compassionate care during this delicate phase. We will explore various examples of functional decline and emphasize the importance of documenting these changes to aid in care provision and decision-making.
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Understanding Serotonin Syndrome: A Comprehensive Guide

clinical presentation of serotonin syndrome
Hospice nurses assess the status of the patient's journey towards end-of-life every nursing visit. There are situations where a reversible condition arises that can drastically impact the patient, the hospice assessment, and if it is not caught, potentially mistreated leading to increased discomfort and a faster death often involving increased suffering. One of the common clues someone is getting closer to dying is increased agitation and restlessness. Are you aware of Serotonin Syndrome? A drug-induced condition whose early signs and symptoms can mimic that of someone getting closer to death? A situation that, unlike the natural dying process, is treatable and reversible?
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