What You Need to Know about Hospice Care

What You Need to Know about Hospice Care By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia Hospice care is a combination of medical services along with emotional and spiritual support provided for people who are in the last stages of a terminal illness. Besides helping patients during their final days, hospice care provides practical and emotional assistance to…

What You Need to Know about Palliative Care

What You Need to Know about Palliative Care By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia Palliative care is a type of healthcare that specializes in pain and symptom management. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses. This is usually accomplished through an extensive cooperation of healthcare professionals…

Making the Right Choice for You: Hospice Care vs. Aggressive Medical Treatment

Making the Right Choice for You: Hospice Care vs. Aggressive Medical Treatment By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia, PA  In review of recent trends, it appears that more seniors are using hospice care for their end-of-life choice. However, there is a particular noted increase in the number of seniors undergoing this experience, but for fewer days…

Myth or Fact? End-of-Life Directives

Myth or Fact? End-of-Life Directives By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia  A reality that patients, caregivers and families have to contend with is discerning myth from fact when it comes to matters of end-of-life advance directives.  Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions circulating which can be difficult to navigate, especially during what tends to be a very…

The Importance of Bereavement Counseling in Hospice Care

The Importance of Bereavement Counseling in Hospice Care  By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia  When most people think about hospice care, they think of terminally ill patients receiving care during the last months of their lives. But what most people forget is that hospice care also provides essential support for the families of those patients. Losing…

Cancer Patients Live Longer with Hospice and Palliative Care

Cancer Patients Live Longer with Hospice and Palliative Care By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia A recent study from Japan found that cancer patients who choose to receive palliative and hospice care at home tend to live longer than those who remain in hospitals. The study, which was published in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the…

Toolkit for Transitioning from Hospital to Hospice

Toolkit for Transitioning from Hospital to Hospice By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia Helping a patient transition from the hospital to hospice requires detailed coordination between various people and organizations including hospital staff, the patient’s physician, the patient, and family. To help reduce stress and any fears that the patient and/or family may be feeling, here’s…