The Need For Advanced Care Planning

By Susan The New York Times  reports, “The Obama administration, reversing course, will revise a Medicare regulation to delete references to end-of-life planning as part of the annual physical examinations covered under the new health care law.” According to the Times, “The move is an abrupt shift; coming just days after the new policy took…
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Maria Shriver On Hospice

Below is a short video of Maria Shriver sharing a recent hospice experience. Her message is very powerful and reinforces the value of sharing our stories with others. Special thanks to the Hospice Foundation of America for making Ms. Shriver’s video available. Have you had a hospice experience you’d like to share? We’d love to have you share your story…
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Experiencing A Hospice Chaplain Visit (Part Two)

By Amy  Elizabeth On another visit, I went along as James*, a Hospice chaplain, met with Elizabeth*, a cheerful patient living in a nursing home. I followed James as he navigates the maze of hallways in the nursing home with remarkable proficiency, stopping to greet each of the patients that he recognizes along the way. When we…
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Experiencing A Hospice Chaplain Visit (Part One)

By Amy Editor’s Note: An important aspect of hospice care is the spiritual support provided to patients. Hospice chaplains are professional clergy who are well-versed in the spiritual needs of both patients and families going through the end-of-life experience. If desired by the patient, they provide support based on the patient’s personal beliefs, no matter what…
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An Early Referral To Hospice Can Make A Big Difference

By Mary Lou As I was checking out at a local retail store last week, the clerk noticed my Hospice nametag. She commented that her daughter would probably be calling us in the near future because her husband (the clerk’s son-in-law) was very ill. They had recently returned from the University of Minnesota where they…
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