Understanding Hospice Care: It's About Refocusing Priorities

Our culture is steeped in language that makes accepting the terminal diagnosis of ourselves or a loved one more difficult to accept than it needs to be. Doctors say, “I’m sorry, there’s nothing more we can do. You might want to look into hospice care.” Patients tell their doctors that they want “aggressive treatment,” until there is nothing else that can be done, then they will go on hospice care. The crux of these conversations is that medicine will do everything possible and then when you give up you will go on hospice care. Read the full article on HealthCentral about how viewing hospice through the right lens helps us move forward: MedicareFAQ – Medicare Resource Center Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol                  Related StoriesHow Music Therapy Can Increase Quality of Life for Those in HospiceIs It Wise For Your Elderly Loved One to Move in with You?Discover the Differences Between Palliative Care and Hospice 
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Although patients in palliative care commonly report high emotional and spiritual needs, effective psychosocial treatments based on high quality studies are rare. First research provides evidence for benefits ...
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CONCLUSION:: Brief psychosocial interventions can improve clinically relevant health outcomes and should therefore be made available for patients receiving palliative care. PMID: 30648926 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Photo credit Matteo Vistocco Dear Carol: There’s probably no right answer to what I’m asking but I felt the need to write, just for comfort. My mother died when I was in my teens so Dad has been the only parent that I’ve had for more than 20 years. I have no siblings. Dad’s now in his seventies and has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He’s beaten both melanoma and lung cancer in the past, but he tells me that this cancer should be slow growing and that he’ll probably die before it’s a problem so he doesn’t want to treat it. I want him to go full-on with eve...
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For many, music from certain eras can bring back memories of better times. For others, music soothes anxiety or gets them pumped up for a workout. When it comes to people living with dementia, music can help in all of those ways, but it can also help cognition. Hospice organizations are keenly aware of the soothing power of music. Sometimes the music may be used casually, by the facility or the family, knowing that this is a type of music that the person who is in the dying process had always enjoyed. Increasingly, though, employing trained music therapists has been favored. Read the full article on HealthCentral about how...
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Emily's House Children's Hospice (EH) located in Toronto, Canada provides residential hospice services to children living with serious medical conditions. The use of music therapy to ameliorate anxiety and pain is well documented in paediatric patients. Research identifies quality of life as an important area of improvement for families/caregivers with music therapy in paediatric palliative care. Following the program's initial six months, Music Therapy at EH needed to be evaluated for impact.
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Music therapy involves the planned, systematic application of music to improve physical and emotional health. The combined use of music and medicine may be traced back to ancient Biblical practices. Music has the power to transform lives and to bring comfort to people in challenging times. For patients receiving palliative care music therapy, if effective, can be an ideal supplement to other treatments as there are no side effects as well as a low cost. Despite these advantages, only 6% hospice programs presently employ music therapists.
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Evidence about the effectiveness of music therapy for improving the quality of life of palliative care patients is positive but weak in terms of risk of bias.
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The quality of death has increasingly raised concern because of the physical and psychological suffering of patients with advanced disease. Music therapy has been widely used in palliative care; however, its physical and mental effectiveness remains unclear.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
The quality of death has increasingly raised concern because of the physical and psychological suffering of patients with advanced disease. Music therapy has been widely used in palliative care; however, its physical and mental effectiveness remains unclear.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
Death. For some, it signals the beginning of a more perfect life. For others, it is the end. Ultimately, for everyone, death is part of the life cycle and no amount of medical intervention will change that. Filmmaker Cathy Zheutlin became fascinated by the way that different cultures and religions view the death experience, and in the process, she has made a remarkable film titled Living While Dying, which features people who are going through that process and their varying emotions. Read the full article on HealthCentral about various philosophies surrounding death and watch touching interviews with those going throu...
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