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What is Hospice Care?

What is Hospice Care?

What is Hospice Care?   Hospice care is the care that is provided at end of life, when the life expectancy of the terminally ill person is six...

When is it time for Hospice?

When is it time for Hospice?

It’s a difficult decision to make, but how do you know when the time is right?   When a person is nearing end of life, you may notice things...

The Stigma of Hospice

The Stigma of Hospice

Hospice.   The word Hospice has a stigma around it that many associate with giving up hope and giving into an inevitable death.   People...

Nursing Availability and Hospice

Nursing Availability and Hospice

True or False? When someone is admitted to hospice, there will be a nurse at the bedside 24/7.   Unfortunately, this is false. The hospice team...

Hospice Care Centers

Hospice Care Centers

True or False?   When someone is admitted to hospice, the patient is taken to a hospice center to live out their final days.   FALSE!!  ...

Do you need a DNR to be on Hospice?

Do you need a DNR to be on Hospice?

A common misconception is that in order to be on Hospice, the patient must sign a ‘DNR’ (Do Not Resuscitate) form. This is NOT TRUE. Patients are...

Transitioning to End of Life

Transitioning to End of Life

What does it mean when you’re told that your loved one is “Transitioning”?   Transitioning is the state of decline which appears a few days to...

Final Hours

Final Hours

During the final hours or days of life, you may notice a variety of physical changes taking place.   These changes indicate that death is...

Sleep Pattern Changes

Sleep Pattern Changes

As someone is approaching end of life, you may notice they are napping more frequently, falling asleep while eating or during conversation, or even...

Nutritional Concerns

Nutritional Concerns

When someone we love isn’t feeling well, we often want to feed them to help them feel better, strengthen them, and show them that we care.  ...

The “Death Rattle”

The “Death Rattle”

Let’s discuss a difficult topic. One that no one likes. . . .   The death rattle . . .   Terminal congestion . . .   Excessive oral secretions...

Narcotics

Narcotics

Morphine, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Hydromorphone… These words scare some people.   It is very common for controlled substances, like opioids, to be...

Fevers at End of Life

Fevers at End of Life

When someone is nearing end-of-life, developing a fever is fairly common.   In the final days or hours, you may notice your loved one’s temperature...

Constipation

Constipation

Everyone's normal bowel habits are slightly different. Some people have a bowel movement every day and some people can go every other day, every 3rd...

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) are fairly common in even the general, otherwise-healthy population.   Symptoms Symptoms of a urinary tract...

Mottling

Mottling

What is mottled skin?   Mottled skin is a blotchy, purplish-red discoloration of the skin when someone is nearing end of life. It generally...

Falls

Falls

If your loved one has fallen and you are not able to assist them up, you can call your local non-emergency phone number (or just call 911) and ask...

Skin Changes at End-of-Life

Skin Changes at End-of-Life

Did you know that the skin is the largest organ in the human body? It too can have changes and deteriorate at end of life.   Skin integrity,...

Stopping Dialysis

Stopping Dialysis

How long can someone live after stopping dialysis?   Generally, they will pass away within a week or two. Sometimes it’s a little longer, or it...

Can you hear me?

Can you hear me?

Most people enter a period of unresponsiveness in the final hours before an expected, natural death.   The University of British Columbia...

Common Hospice Diagnoses

Common Hospice Diagnoses

What are the most common diagnoses in hospice and palliative care? *Cancer *Heart Disease *Debility, unspecified *Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease...

Palliative Care

Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?   Palliative care is a type of specialized care for people with chronic, serious illnesses. It helps to improve...

Dignity at End of Life

Dignity at End of Life

Often when someone's health declines significantly, they start to feel loss of control.   Maybe they can't feed themselves anymore or get...

Grief, Loss, and Mourning

Grief, Loss, and Mourning

When we hit hard times or encounter loss, it is completely normal to grieve and mourn that situation.   Whether that be the loss of a family...

Science Care and Free Cremation

Science Care and Free Cremation

Funeral costs and cremation can be very costly. Did you know ScienceCare offers free cremation services as well as other low-cost options? Check out...

Five Wishes

Five Wishes

It is helpful to have your wishes documented and known in case anything should happen to you. This document contains information that can be...