November is National Hospice Month

Hospice is something many caregivers face at the end of their journey.  It is in this “twilight time” that we realize how important end-of-life wishes are for our loved ones. During this stage you may also encounter palliative care – a transition before hospice care where a loved one with a terminal illness may still seek cures such as chemotherapy or a clinical trial.

In both hospice and palliative care settings, the team-oriented approach of bringing the patient, health care professionals, the family and a spiritual advisor together is a model for how all health care should be treated: physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually for the patient and their family.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling has written about hospice and palliative care in her book, A Cast of Caregivers, and has focused on the importance of end-of-life discussions for family in her articles below:

I Have a Dream – Helping Loved Ones Achieve End-of-Life Wishes

What We Can Learn From Brittany Maynard’s Death (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Casey Kasem’s Legacy for Caregivers (originally published on Forbes.com)

Why You Need to Make Your End-of-Life Wishes Known (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Me Time Monday

Caregiving Club has also create a video with tips on Hospice and end-of-life wishes – watch it here:

 

 

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