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2012-09-17 13:50:35

Family members who care for terminally ill patients at home can be helped by nurses throughout the course of the illness and particularly after the patient's death, according to Penn State nursing researchers. The death of a loved one can be particularly hard for those who were involved in the day-to-day care of the person. This transition can be eased by existing support from nurses and other medical professionals. "What we know is that the caregiver's primary contact with the health...

2012-02-13 17:40:00

Hospice volunteers help people facing terminal illness. Pathways´ volunteer training covers the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual care giving, and understanding grief and loss. Hospice volunteers are trained in listening skills, family dynamics and the right words to say to patients and their loved ones at the end of life. Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) February...

2011-07-29 15:47:00

CLEVELAND, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- People mistakenly think hospice care is about dying... you call hospice when nothing more can be done. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hospice of the Western Reserve focuses on life by bringing comfort, dignity and peace to those facing serious illness. Hospice is about living life to its fullest. There are myths about hospice that keep people from getting the best care, when they need it most. Myth: Hospice means giving up...

2011-07-14 13:31:00

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hospice Foundation of America has developed "Addressing Cultural Diversity in Hospice Care," a free online webinar that looks at how, and why, different cultures may, or may not, utilize hospice. This tutorial aims to prepare and equip hospice organizations, and its providers and volunteers, with strategies and information to meet the needs of culturally diverse patients and loved ones. "It is a human instinct to hope for comfort, peace, and...

2011-06-16 15:24:00

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a policy statement on physician-assisted suicide at its Spring General Assembly in Seattle on June 16. The statement, To Live Each Day with Dignity, passed with a vote of 191-1. It marks the first time the full body of bishops has issued a statement devoted to this issue. The full text of the statement will be available online at www.usccb.org/toliveeachday, along with...

2011-05-19 06:35:00

"Have You Had the Talk?(TM)" Toolkit Facilitates End-of-Life Discussions for Physicians, Caretakers and Patients DETROIT, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2008 presidential campaign introduced a debate on an unexpected topic: physician/patient conversations on end-of life options. The debate intensified in 2010 as lawmakers drafted health care reform legislation, and Americans began to worry about how changes would affect them should they ever be diagnosed with a terminal...

2011-02-04 11:00:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hospice Foundation of America has developed "Coping with Cancer at the End of Life," a free online webinar that examines the impact of advanced cancer, and how family, professionals and volunteers can manage the demands of caring for someone with end-stage cancer. While early detection and treatment now make cancer a manageable, if not curable disease, one out of every four Americans still die because of cancer. "When treatment is ineffective,...

2011-01-10 15:30:26

Strategies that promote palliative care may reduce costs at end of life A large proportion of Medicare expenditures for nursing home residents with advanced dementia, a terminal illness, is spent on aggressive treatments that may be avoidable and of limited clinical benefit, according to a new study by the Institute for Aging Research, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, published in the online version of the Archives of Internal Medicine on Jan. 10, 2011. The study examined Medicare...

2010-11-15 20:04:36

A new national survey conducted by researchers from Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute has found that while palliative care may be available for those with dementia, there are significant barriers to providing or receiving services to relieve the pain, eating difficulties and other symptoms associated with dementia. The survey findings are reported in the Nov. 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "Although the general public and many physicians do not...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.