The Blessing of Hospice

Recently, I have had the pleasure to interact with a hospice team.  I had two clients who were dying.  I have always appreciated the services since my days working in HIV/AIDS.  Both my clients’ families needed a tender touch to assist with the end of their loved lives. Many people think hospice is just for…

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Notes From My Radio Show:The Empowered Patient

On the last friday of the month, I do a radio show,The Empowered Patient. The last show was titled,  The Nursing Home Roller Coaster: Tips for getting Quality Service. My guest was Siri Bani Ludlam, an accomplished artist, mother, teacher and yoga studio owner. Siri Bani’s story is about her mother who was diagnosed with…

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Medicare Administration has a Senior Moment

Yesterday, I wrote about hospice and how Medicare was now paying for end of life planning.  Oops!  I was wrong.  Today, the Medicare Administration states they are removing that regulation and will not pay for it.  It seems somebody in those offices is having a senior moment.  Forgot you gave it the OK?  Are you…

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The Final Chapter: Hospice

The final journey begins the day you realize your loved has taken a turn for the worse and is declining.  You find yourself calling the doctor more frequently reporting health status changes.  The doctor and staff agree there are changes.  You wonder if the decline is going to continue or if there will be a…

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