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How hospice works

By David Walsh on May 5, 2017 7:40:22 AM

If you qualify for hospice care, you and your family will work with your hospice team to set up a plan of care that meets your needs. For more specific information on a hospice plan of care, call your national or state hospice organization.

Topics: Hospice Care
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How to look out for a relative in a nursing home

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on May 3, 2017 10:24:29 AM

Finally, after ticking off the last item on a lengthy list of must-haves, you think you've found the best nursing home for your Dad. The staff seems caring and professional. It's comfortable, homey, and Dad is OK with it. He might even come to like his new life.

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Cincy Obscura: Miniature therapy horses at Seven Oaks Farm

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Apr 18, 2017 10:07:03 AM

Hospice of Southwest Ohio is pleased to offer visits from Seven Oaks Farm Miniature Therapy Horses. We are the only hospice in Greater Cincinnati providing loving visits from these miniature horses for our patients and their families.

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Soothing 'spiritual' pain

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Apr 16, 2017 11:31:14 AM

A chaplain at a New York hospital has designed a board that lets the critically ill communicate their spiritual pain and needs.

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Frequently asked questions about palliative care

By Dr. Richard Sternberg on Apr 14, 2017 11:31:01 AM

What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to medical care for people with both acute and chronic serious illness. Patients may have physical, psychological, social, or spiritual issues because of their disease or treatment. Palliative care serves to lessen pain, control symptoms and improve stress for the both the patient and family. Ultimately, the goal is improving quality of life, assisting with medical decisions and more importantly navigating the healthcare system.

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'I'm 90 years old, I'm hitting the road'

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Apr 7, 2017 8:19:33 PM

A 90-year-old woman has opted out of cancer treatment to spend her remaining days on a once-in-a-lifetime road-trip with her family. The woman’s name is Norma and she is from Northern Michigan. Just two days after loosing her husband Leo, she found out she had uterine cancer. When her doctor explained that they could operate on the tumor and then put her through radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Norma politely declined. Instead of treatment, Norma decided to spend her last days on the road with her son, Tim, and his wife, Ramie in an RV. Ramie says she hopes the story will encourage other families to discuss end-of-life options.
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Caregiver stress: 10 ways to handle

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Mar 27, 2017 8:44:43 AM

Being a caregiver to your loved one is a vital aspect to their well-being, but it can be exhausting, overwhelming, and sometimes thankless. Your loved one may lash out at you and make it difficult by refusing to comply with what needs to be done. Your loved one may see you as the person who has taken away his or her freedom and life choices. Most people do not give up making their own decisions easily. But there are things you can do to keep a positive perspective and lower your stress level.

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The benefits of reminiscence therapy for seniors

By David Walsh on Mar 27, 2017 7:54:07 AM

For both the elderly and their caregivers, the ailments and struggles that come with aging shadow a more carefree, happy past. We’re busy focusing on medication management, installing new handles in the shower or researching assisted living facilities. As dementia, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive issues strengthen their grip on a loved one, many feel as if they’re losing that person they once knew. A similar identity crises may be going on inside for them, as well.

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What if I can't stay at home?

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Feb 21, 2017 2:38:24 PM

What happens if I cannot stay at home due to my increasing care need and require a different place to stay during my final phase of life?

A growing number of hospice programs have their own hospice facilities or have arrangements with freestanding hospice houses, hospitals or inpatient residential centers to care for patients who cannot stay where they usually live. These patients may require a different place to live during this phase of their life when they need extra care. However, care in these settings is not covered under the Medicare or Medicaid Hospice Benefit. It is best to find out, well before hospice may be needed, if insurance or any other payer covers this type of care or if patients/families will be responsible for payment.

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Can I be cared for by hospice somewhere else?

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Jan 30, 2017 2:26:29 PM

Can I be cared for by hospice if I reside in a nursing facility or other type of long-term care facility?

Hospice services can be provided to a terminally ill person wherever they live. This means a patient living in a nursing facility or long-term care facility can receive specialized visits from hospice nurses, home health aides, chaplains, social workers, and volunteers, in addition to other care and services provided by the nursing facility. The hospice and the nursing home will have a written agreement in place in order for the hospice to serve residents of the facility.

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