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How To Get a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order

An advanced care plan enables patients to ensure that their medical treatment choices are honored if they are in an emergency scenario or unable to convey their wishes due to incapacitation. DNR orders are part of advance care planning, which outlines the medical care you want to receive if you are unable to make decisions […]

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What Is a Coma Like?

If you have a loved one who is currently in a coma or is at risk of sliding into one, you may wonder what happens during a coma. Learning what a coma patient may go through will help you figure out how to best care for them. This article will cover in detail what’s it […]

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How Long Can a Hospice Patient Live Without Food or Water?

Hospice care is not about shortening or lengthening the life of a terminally ill patient. Its goal is to provide them with the maximum comfort level by minimizing their symptoms. One of the most common symptoms that caregivers observe before the death of their loved one is that the hospice patient is not eating. At […]

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Is 24-Hour Hospice Care at Home a Viable Option?

For yourself or a loved one, it’s important to know that you’ve made the right choice when it comes to end-of-life care. To get the greatest possible medical, emotional, and spiritual care for you or a loved one, you need to know as much as possible about the different types of care available. The subject […]

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A Guide to the End-Stage COPD Symptoms

The term “chronic obstructive pulmonary disease” (COPD) refers to the conditions of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It’s a condition that worsens over time. The body’s ability to take in enough oxygen decreases over time, which ultimately leads to COPD death. Even though COPD can be managed for decades, there is no cure. That’s why it’s […]

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What Are the Criteria for Hospice Care?

Hospice care focuses on patients’ needs when they are close to their end of life. A prime example is individuals with end-stage Parkinson’s Disease. How to know if the patient is in the end stage of Parkinson’s Disease? The symptoms that show the medications and therapy don’t work anymore are the loss of balance and […]

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Understanding Hospice Volunteering: What Do Hospice Volunteers Do?

A hospice volunteer or palliative care volunteer has a vital role in hospice care during challenging times for patients and families. Usual patients who need this type of help are gravely ill or near the end of their lives. Why Are Volunteer Hospice Workers Essential? Volunteers in hospice are sometimes called “the unsung heroes.” They […]

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Living With Shock After the Death of a Loved One

The death of a loved one is not something we ever wake up and prepare ourselves for. Why would we? Expecting the worst on a day-to-day basis is nothing short of madness and when the news does hit us, we cycle through the many stages of grief as is expected. However, the shock stage of […]

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