October 2020
M T W T F S S
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation (easing the severity of pain or disease without removing the cause) of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs.

The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes.

In the United States, the term is largely defined by the practices of the Medicare system and other health insurance providers, which make hospice care available, either in an inpatient facility or at the patient’s home, to patients with a terminal prognosis who are medically certified at hospice onset to have less than six months to live.

Hospice care also involves assistance for patients’ families to help them cope with what is happening and provide care and support to keep the patient at home.

Hospice has faced resistance springing from various factors, including professional or cultural taboos against open communication about death among physicians or the wider population, discomfort with unfamiliar medical techniques, and professional callousness towards the terminally ill.

In hospice care, the main guardians are the family caregiver and a hospice nurse who makes periodic stops.

Understanding Hospice Care

A Good Death: The Inside Story of a Hospice

 

Comments are closed.

Special Procedures

Click on Any Topic

Bone Marrow Transplants

Organ Transplants

Stem Cells

——————————————–

Euthanasia

Physician Assisted Suicide

Medical Topics
  • Long-Term Data Back Anti-PD-1 in Advanced Non-Squamous NSCLC
    (MedPage Today) -- Long-term data from an early first-line trial of pembrolizumab (Keytruda) plus chemotherapy showed that more than half of patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remained alive at 3 years. In cohort...
  • Suze Orman's Schwannoma
    (MedPage Today) -- Financial advisor, author and former CNBC host Suze Orman has always stressed that it is a mistake for people to ignore their money problems. Now she wants you to know that "the most vital and stupid mistake I could ever make...
  • 'License' to Smoke After Negative Lung Screening?
    (MedPage Today) -- Some individuals appear to interpret a negative low-dose CT (LDCT) lung screening scan as a green light to resume smoking, a post hoc analysis of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found. For example, highly nicotine dependent...
  • Hunting Resistance Mechanisms in RET-Fusion Lung Cancer
    (MedPage Today) -- As detected by circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), acquired resistance to pralsetinib (Gavreto) in RET fusion-positive lung cancer was relatively uncommon, findings from the ARROW study suggested. In 42 non-small cell lung cancer...
  • Dual Checkpoint Blockade With Some Chemo Boosts OS in NSCLC
    (MedPage Today) -- A first-line immune checkpoint inhibitor combination of nivolumab (Opdivo) plus ipilimumab (Yervoy) improved survival in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) when added to a limited course of chemotherapy...
Content Protected Using Blog Protector By: PcDrome.