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  Source:  Mary Raymer, MSW, ACSW

Social workers are a core service on hospice and palliative care teams. Their professional values and skills are a perfect match with hospice and palliative care programs, which are designed to treat the whole person in an interdisciplinary

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Don’t Wait to Talk About Hospice

February 24, 2014

 

Source:  National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted.

Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available or what care they or their loved ones would have wanted. Hospice professionals...

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By DR. MARGARET JACOBSON

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM  HERALD January 31, 2014

After the recent furor in the press about the "costs" of hospice and the rise of for-profit hospices, it seems important to correct the public record. Although the Medicare hospice benefit, like all government programs, has been the victim of fraud and abuse, hospice care remains the gold standard for care of the dying. More importantly, it is increasingly apparent that the multidisciplinary approach to chronic illness...

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Did you know that there are more than 468,000 hospice volunteers at work throughout the United States?   Hospice Volunteers are an essential part of the hospice philosophy of care which recognizes that dying is not just a medical event, but a personal one as well.  Volunteers are the very heart of hospice care-----the time they spend with patients and families is truly invaluable. 

Here at Old Colony Hospice, we are fortunate to have many exceptional volunteers who utilize their vast array of talents...

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There has been a lot of buzz in the healthcare industry recently about the front page article in the December 27th issue of the Washington Post “Hospice Firms Draining Billions from Medicare”.  The basic theme of the article is that hospices are admitting patients who are not dying because they are “more profitable,” living longer and requiring fewer hospice services.  Essentially, they are making huge profits from Medicare by specifically targeting healthier patients who require fewer visits...

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A Dartmouth physician is warning that limits on end-of-life care may not take into account the fact that such care may prolong life, and exceeding federal limits on hospice care may not be right.


By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM


New Hampshire Sunday News


With health care reform ramping up, some hospice programs have come under government scrutiny for taking some patients too early and keeping them too long.

But experts here say the real problem, in New Hampshire and elsewhere, is that most terminally ill...

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January 2014 Triple C Newsletter

Source:  Jenny Gold, NPR

When Dr. Tim Ihrig crosses the threshold of the Avelleyras home in Fort Dodge, Iowa, he steps over a doormat that says, "One nice person and one old grouch live here."

It doesn't take long to figure out who the nice person is.

Phyllis Avelleyra grew up on a farm in western Iowa and met her husband, Augie, in "the big city," otherwise known as Fort Dodge. Population 25,000. The couple has been married for 60 years. They have five daughters,...

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In these days of huge corporations running chains of restaurants, stores and now even hospitals and medical groups---consider an independent, non-profit hospice when the need arises for one of your loved ones…..

    When the hospice concept first came to the United States back in the early 1970’s, all hospices were small and independent.  However, just as small, independent hardware stores were overshadowed and swallowed up by the large box stores and chains….hospices are now being bought up by large h...

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