Learn What Hospice Care Means To Families

I do not know much about hospice care. I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t had to deal with sick or ailing relatives close to me yet. Though I’m sure a time will come when I will be doing my own research.hospice

For most people a good death means being physically comfortable, at peace in your own home, enjoying as many moments as possible with loved ones doing the things you love to do up until the very end. Hospice care offers that.

Hospice is a team-oriented approach to providing specialized care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. It includes expert medical care, pain management and emotional support for patients and their families. Hospice care supports living one’s life to the fullest with dignity regardless of how much time remains.

One hospice myth is that families lose control over what happens to their loved ones. The facts are that a family is generally able to choose their preferred hospice provider and can be trained to serve as a primary caregiver, with a specialist to provide support when needed. It is the unique nature of hospice that allows family to play a vital role in the patient’s care – creating more moments of life before a life is over. It is the quality of these final moments that can define a “good death.”

I know I want everyone I know and love to have that good death.

To join the national conversation on how to make more meaningful moments possible, find a hospice, or learn more about what hospice is all about…visit MomentsofLife.org.

For more information on hospice care click here.

Have you had a loved one in Hospice Care?

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10,000 Heart to Hearts to Help Senior Women

One of my daily prayers is ‘Please Lord keep my family healthy’. There is so much sickness out there! Of course I’m afraid of the usual cancers, which is how my grandparents and many other died, but it’s Heart Disease that I fear most. I was in 7th grade when my dad had open bypass surgery at a young age. I remember watching a video in the hospital about what and why this was happening to him. It scares me!

Many women don’t realize aging makes heart disease likelier. To combat this problem, teams from Brookdale senior living communities nationwide are fanning out to personally alert women 65 and over to their increased risk and provide resources to fight it. The company hopes to reach 10,000 older women through “10,000 Heart to Hearts,” beginning Feb. 1.

“Cardiac disease kills more women than all cancers combined,” said Brookdale chief medical officer Kevin O’Neil, M.D., F.A.C.P. “On average, women develop heart disease 10 years later than men, with their first heart attack occurring at age 70.”

Through 10,000 Heart to Hearts, Brookdale professionals will visit older women in their homes to explain the risk, check blood pressure, discuss healthier lifestyles, provide Brookdale’s heart-healthy cookbook and food, and connect them with resources. There is no charge for the visits, which will include women with Alzheimer’s.

To find out more info about the 10,000 Heart to Hearts program click here

Does Heart Disease run in your family?

I was compensenated for this post. All opinons are my own.