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Promoting Good Health During Terminal Illness

Death and dying are always tricky subjects to talk about. North American culture does not typically encourage discussions about the end of life and how to die a “good” death.

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Now That My Grandparents Are Vaccinated, Is It Safe for Them to See Visitors?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been part of our lives for only just over a year, but for many who have spent most of 2020 and the first part of 2021 isolating and social distancing, it feels like much longer.

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Are COVID-19 Vaccines Recommended for Hospice Patients?

We can all take one huge positive from the past year. It’s that scientists have been able to create several vaccines which are very effective against COVID-19. On top of that, the vaccine rollout is now in full swing.

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How to Provide Support to Seniors During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed all facets of our lives, especially for people over 65. According to the CDC (1), our elderly citizens are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 because our immune system is naturally lower when we're older. Also, many seniors have pre-existing illnesses like diabetes or cancer that complicate the situation.

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Signs of End-of-Life and Next Steps to Take

Friends and family members of the dying often have more difficulty understanding the situation, and knowing what to do, than the dying person. These are the signs that tell you when death is approaching, and how you can help your loved one transit peacefully.

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Taking Action to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

Dementia is a disease that affects millions of people all over the world every year. However, there are actionable steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting dementia, and thus lead a longer, happier and healthier life. Below are 4 easy ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia

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What is Your Family's Role in Hospice Care?

Losing someone we are close with can be an extremely difficult thing to experience and losing a family member can be particularly intense. Everyone grieves and copes with death differently, and there is no normal time period for someone to recover.

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Is Hospice Care Giving Up?

By choosing to enroll a family member or loved one into hospice care, it may be mistaken that a patient is giving up by foregoing other treatments for their illness. This is actually far from the truth and in fact, hospice care is about giving patients their own

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Coping with the Death of a Family Member

Losing someone we are close with can be an extremely difficult thing to experience and losing a family member can be particularly intense. Everyone grieves and copes with death differently, and there is no normal time period for someone to recover.

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Why You Should Volunteer at a Hospice

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in someone’s life? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that is meaningful? Then becoming a hospice volunteer may be great for you.

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Why Palliative Care is Valuable

Palliative care is a valuable treatment option that gives patients the best of both worlds: treatment geared towards finding a cure for their illness while also maximizing their comfort and reducing pain.

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Why Doctors Recommend Hospice Care

Hospice care is designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on the comfort and quality of life, rather than a cure. The goal is to enable patients to be comfortable and free of pain so that they live each day as fully as possible.

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What to Plan for Ahead of Hospice Care

Planning ahead for hospice care ensures that the patient receives the right level of care and support as soon as they are eligible. Although it might be difficult at first, it’s better to plan ahead and start the hospice conversation early.

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Hospice is Not Just About Care During the Final Days of Life

For most people who have never experienced hospice care, they will usually assume it is just a place to go when you’ve been diagnosed with a terminal illness or are reaching the end of your life.

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Understanding the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care

When someone has a serious illness or is nearing the end of life, it is important to consider what type of care will be the most beneficial. The type of treatment can be palliative care, which focuses on finding a cure, or hospice which aims to provide comfort to patients until they pass.

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Important Hospice Facts for Families

When it comes to hospice and end of life care, it is important to be informed. Hospice is not a topic that most people like to bring up. However, having the conversation can be beneficial in order to find the best care option for patients and their families.

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Chaplains in Hospice Care

Westlake Village hospice offers chaplain services to patients who are receiving palliative care during hospice. A Chaplain branches out beyond traditional care and is there to nurture the spiritual needs of a patient. Going into hospice can be extremely difficult

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10 Signs that Hospice Care is Necessary

When it comes to decisions about end-of-life care we understand that it can be a difficult choice. Nobody wants to think about losing somebody they love. Hospice is here to provide care to patients and their families, while improving patient’s quality of life.

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Coping with the death of a family member

Allow Yourself to Grieve

One of the most important things you can do when faced with the death of a loved one is to allow yourself to grieve. You may experience shock, anger, sadness, and can even feel lost or helpless. This is normal, but it is necessary to express these feelings because keeping them in will only lessen your ability to cope.

Talk to your family and friends about what you are feeling. It is likely that they are feeling the same emotions as you and talking about it will help you cope and find closure. Talking about your loved one after their death is also a great way to honor their memory and help you appreciate the moments you had with them. There are other ways to honor them as well, including donating to their favorite charities, planting a tree in their memory, or spending time with family to share stories and reminisce with photos of fun times. These kinds of activities, while they may seem difficult, will help you find closure and acceptance.

When you experience the death of a family member, you will be filled with many emotions and may also be required to do things like make funeral arrangements or work with their estate planners to carry out their final will. During this time, it is imperative that you take care of yourself and not neglect your needs – eat well, get plenty of rest, and try to continue doing the things that bring you joy. Whether this is exercise or spending time with friends, this will help you cope and keep a level head while dealing with other responsibilities.

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