Hospice is good for anyone who is terminally dying but the cost can sometimes be an obstacle. In learning who pays for hospice and who is eligible is important. Many never utilize this service for fear of price yet the service is so critical to living one’s life till the end instead of dying in a foreign and sterile place.
The article, “The Costs of Entering Hospice Care” by Maryalene LaPonsie states,
“IN 2016, MORE THAN 1 million Medicare beneficiaries died while receiving hospice care, according to data compiled by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “Few people know that hospice is not just for the patient, but for the family,” says Edo Banach, president and CEO of NHPCO, a nonprofit representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals.”
The benefits of hospice are great and to be deterred because of price is something that is unfortunate. It is many ways should be a right to die with care and compassion at the hands of trained hospice caregivers. Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Program and see if it meets your educational needs.
Great article about a doctor and his sister. Learning from grief that was her own, he was able to utilize that emotion as empathy for others. Pastoral Thanatology, Grief Counseling and other care giving modalities are all founded on empathy and the ability to utilize it. Please also review also review our program and see if it matches your professional needs.
The article, “Grief as My Guide: How My Sister Made Me a Better Doctor” by Joseph Stern states.
“As I left the room, Meghan thanked me and said this was the first doctor’s appointment she had had in a long time where she didn’t cry. I never used to cry when speaking with patients. I would gird myself, push forward, distract myself with new and pressing problems to fix; I focused on technical, rather than human, matters. Now, I told Meghan that I would cry for us both. My sister was present in that room, in the patient sitting before me and in the way I was newly able to comfort and reassure her.”
This article shows that sometimes the best way to under empathy is to experience it literally yourself. Doctors can be caring and involved. They can learn better patient skills through various Pastoral Thanatology Programs, as well as Grief Counseling Programs. Please review AIHCP’s programs in both Grief Counseling and Pastoral Thanatology
Good article on how more Americans are learning of the luxury and peace of dying at home if possible over the sterile environment of dying in the hospital. Please also review our Pastoral Thanatology Program
The article, Fewer Americans are spending their final days in the hospital and more are dying at home, by Melissa Healy states,
“The American way of dying seems to have become less frantic, desperate and expensive.
That’s the upshot of a new study that finds that seniors insured by Medicare who died in 2015 were less likely to do so in a hospital and more likely to pass away in a home or other community setting than those who died in 2000.”
The article, The History Of Hospice: A Different Kind Of Health ‘Care’, by Nicole Fisher states
“100 years ago today, the movement behind hospice care as born. Or rather, the women who would create a fundamentally different kind of health care was born. Dame Cicely Saunders was a dynamic woman who forever altered the way we think about end of life care.”
The article, Grey Matters: Shielding ourselves from the realities of death, states
“Many of us have been taught to avoid talking about religion or politics, but those aren’t our strongest conversational taboos. What we really don’t talk about is death and dying, and it’s costing us.”
The article, Everything you need to know about Thanatobia-The fear dying, by Nancy Walker
Discusses the numerous issues individual face when dealing with death. Fear of death is a common fear for many because it involves the unknown but some have an unhealthy obsession with death and fear it so such an extent that physical and mental disorders can occur.
Such fear can also have various social problems with how one interacts with others or deals with death issues.
Good article about the taboos of death and how we are moving as a society at possibly discussing death more openly
The article, Breaking the silence: are we getting better at talking about death?, Source; The Guardian, states
“Bereavement is ragged. The papers are full of a child’s last months, the protests outside hospitals, the press conferences, court cases, international entreaties, the noise of vituperation and outrage at the end of a life.”
Good article on complications that can occur with end of life care.
The article, Column: End-of-life care brings complicated issues, by Dr. Michael Shattuck states,
“This past week, I was reminded of the challenges of caring for people at the end of life. I traveled to visit two relatives on my wife’s side of the family who lived far away. I had not seen them for quite some time, and I was the primary driver responsible for getting my wife and mother-in-law to the destination.”
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