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Hospice Care

Increasing Hospice Use Among Hispanics and Latinos: 'Walk With You Every Stage of This Journey'

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Hospice's palliative care model is increasingly recognized for bringing quality of life to end of life, yet Hispanics in America typically underuse it. Recent statistics show that about seven percent of hospice users in 2014 were Hispanic, while Hispanics make up 17 percent of the U.S. population, according to census figures.

My Journey With Hospice Care

Connie Lawn | Posted 11.18.2015 | DC
Connie Lawn

I have had a fantastic, exciting, and fulfilling life, and I hope it can continue. But at the age of 71 I now have something the doctors call Parkinso...

How To Remain Hopeful At The End Of Your Life

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 11.16.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

People approach the loss of a life in different ways. Many never consider that they can choose an attitude toward dying. For patients and caregivers alike, deciding on an attitude to deal with difficult times can actually ease the suffering that so often surrounds the dying process.

Vivid End-Of-Life Dreams May Help Comfort People Facing Death

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.28.2015 | Science

Barry, an 88-year-old patient in a hospice in upstate New York, had an extremely vivid dream one night in which he was driving somewhere unknown. Whi...

How To Live This Year As If It Were Your Last

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.11.2015 | Healthy Living

Sophia is a project to collect life lessons from fascinating people. Subscribe to get our updates directly via Facebook or email, or share y...

This Is How You Feed A Dying Person

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 09.10.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

My mother likes to say that all children need at least one person in their life who thinks that they are absolutely wonderful and can do no wrong. My grandma Daisy, my father's mother, was that person for me.

Revolutionizing Hospice Care With A Mindful Approach To Death

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.20.2015 | Media

NY Times: The Art Of Dying Well In the latest New York Times "Fixes" column, Courtney E. Martin spotlights the Zen Hospice Project, a San Francisco n...

The Business Of Dying Has Never Been More Lucrative

The Huffington Post | Ben Hallman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business

Some of the most financially successful health care providers are those whose patients usually die. For-profit hospices saw profit margins exceed 15 p...

How To Have Difficult Conversations About Hospice Care

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.23.2015 | Fifty

On the heels of Medicare's recent announcement of plans to start paying doctors to give patients counseling about end-of-life care, Huf...

When Cure Is Not an Option

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

"Has anybody asked the patient?" Jessica Nutik Zitter raised her hand to pose that question some years ago, at a "Morbidity and Mortality" conference...

Why Forgiveness Is The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 06.30.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

As Jack's mother grew weaker, another little hospice miracle unfolded: it seemed that the weaker Jack's mother became, the sweeter she became. She stopped cursing her son and began to melt the ice she had packed around her heart.

Social Model Hospice Homes May Revolutionize End-of-Life Care in the U.S.

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

The "social model" hospice home, an uncommon prototype for hospice care, may have great promise for resolving some future end-of-life issues in the U....

Between Life and Death: Deepening the Love Groove

Susan Fauman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Fauman

A few weeks ago, a dear teacher friend of mine died after having been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer just a few weeks before. He had been ill for quite...

How to Care at the Beginning and End of Life: Lessons on Laboring, Loving and Leaving

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

The more time I've spent in the company of pregnant women and their partners, studying ethnographies of midwives, and hearing freshly trained doctors' accounts of delivery clinics in various parts of the world, the more I've come to understand that our collective birth narrative is by no means a universal one.

What's Funny About Dying?

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Many dying patients cling to a zest for life and a sense of humor that endear them to hospice workers.

What Is Palliative Care, Anyway?

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Millions of Americans with a serious illness could benefit from palliative care, but many people know little about it and often confuse it with end-of-life care, or hospice.

The 2 Truths I've Learned After Working Decades In Hospice

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

After spending hours at the bedside of my precious Grandma Daisy, I stepped out of her room to make a brief telephone call. At that moment, Grandma Daisy died. When I began working in hospice, I witnessed similar experiences.

4 Powerful Lessons About Life I Learned As A Hospice Worker

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

As a Hospice volunteer, I spend every Tuesday with people who are dying. I cook their meals; hold their hands; read to them; I sing and I sit quietly. I tell them stories and I listen to theirs. I wipe their foreheads, when fever or illness makes them sweat.

Shane Shifflett

Here Are The Hospices That Break The Most Rules | Shane Shifflett | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business

Missed appointments. Confidential records left out in the open, in shopping bags and stacked on shelves. A patient overdosed with 10 times the amoun...

Closing the Empathy Gap

George Heymont | Posted 03.03.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

As technology allows us to erect more and more electronic barriers around us, the value of removing one's earbuds and looking up from one's smartphone becomes increasingly important. Some people understand how to use new technology while others remain decidedly unclear on the concept.

When Hospices Mistreat The Dying, They Almost Never Get Punished

Posted 12.30.2014 | Business

We almost never shut down a bad hospice in America.

Hannabelle's Special Day

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Jeanne Dennis

There are so many positive stories of people who are able to live out their final weeks and months with dignity and comfort because compassionate and highly trained hospice teams are there to provide comprehensive care, from pain management and skilled nursing to help with processing personal end-of-life goals and emotions.

A Tale of Two Deaths: The Paradigm Shift of the '15 Minute Test'

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 12.14.2014 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

An excellent death as the capstone to a life well lived requires some forethought and planning. But what if a patient is unresponsive and has not previously expressed or documented his/her wishes? The "15-Minute Test" is a helpful guide for those who have to make end-of-life decisions on behalf of their loved ones.

Americans Don't Plan on Dying

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Many people who do not want to die in an intensive care unit, intubated, on a respirator, pierced by a web of intravenous lines are dying this way. For these individuals, this is worse than death. We cannot prevent death, but we can dictate how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Going Home

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Abeyta

Tonight, my mother and my brother moved the bed out of her guest room. Tomorrow morning, a truck will deliver a hospital bed to take its place. And sometime after that, an ambulance with my father in tow will make the trek from the hospital to my mother's and father's home.