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31 08, 2022

Should a Family Member be the Primary Caregiver During Hospice Care?

2022-09-06T01:50:23+00:00Categories: Hospice Care, Seniors, Types of Care|

When someone you love receives a diagnosis of terminal illness, or is given a prognosis of limited life expectancy, life changes drastically for everyone involved - not just for the one who is ill. Someone who may have lived much of their life as the primary caregiver for others may now find themselves needing someone else to be the primary caregiver for them. This can be a difficult adjustment for your loved one. It can be equally difficult for you if you are trying to arrange how to best provide for their daily care during end-of-life. While navigating the non-stop waves of emotions that can overwhelm you and leave you drained, you still have to ensure that the increasing daily demands for the palliative care of your loved one are being met. Who should be the primary caregiver for your loved one? The question is, who will be responsible to provide the care your loved one needs? Should the care be provided by the spouse or another family member, or is it best to seek outside hospice care services? There are many things to consider when trying to decide who the primary caregiver should be. While there may be different requirements related to the nature of the particular illness, we will cover some of the key Read More

8 08, 2022

How Do I Select the Best Hospice Care Near Me?

2022-08-10T09:55:26+00:00Categories: Health, Hospice Care|

Making the decision to seek hospice care for yourself or your loved one is not easy. You and your family deserve support during this highly emotional season. Cardinal Hospice has cultivated a patient-first culture, putting your needs above all else. You can trust us to help you make informed decisions so that your focus can be where it belongs - your family. It can be difficult to know which hospice provider is the best fit for you and your loved ones.  The first step is to research hospice providers in your area. You can ask your doctor for recommendations, or you can search online. Once you have a list of potential providers, you can start to narrow down your options. At Cardinal Hospice, we welcome conversations to discuss the needs of you and your family. We recognize the importance of selecting the hospice care that will be the best fit and we believe that each one of our families have unique needs and deserve our best effort to design the most helpful care plan. This starts with getting to know you and being available to answer questions, not just about our company but about the industry, the hospice care process, and what to expect in the near future. One important factor to consider is the quality Read More

28 05, 2022

End of Life: Grief and Bereavement

2022-07-27T09:32:43+00:00Categories: Hospice Care|

Losing family members or loved ones—or even seeing them in their last few days—can be one of the most painful things to go through in life. There’s never an easy way to handle such a situation and all the emotions that come with it. While death is an inevitable reality, nothing can fully prepare you for the impact of experiencing a loss. While people cope with loss in different ways, death generally results in grief and bereavement. During this time, you may experience a barrage of different emotions, such as denial, shock, sadness, anger, or yearning. Regardless, remember that your feelings are valid and normal. Likewise, it takes time to fully accept what has happened, so you shouldn't feel bad if you need to take time off. To help you through this difficult time, you can read the information below to understand the grieving process and learn how to find bereavement support. What are Grief, Mourning, and Bereavement?   Grief, mourning, and bereavement are often used interchangeably as emotional reactions to the death or loss of a loved one. While there are similarities between the three, they aren’t the same. Get to know each of them in more detail below. Grief It’s normal and expected to experience grief after a loss, such as death, the loss Read More

3 05, 2022

11 End Of Life Signs: What to expect?

2022-07-27T09:06:56+00:00Categories: Health, News|

It’s never easy to think about your or your loved one’s death, but the reality is that everyone reaches this stage at some point in their life. While we all go through a different journey, there are some common end of life signs that may indicate when we are nearing death. As much as you might not want to think of the dying process, knowing what to expect as death approaches can help you prepare ahead and make necessary arrangements. It also allows you to maximize the time you have left and spend more time with your family, friends, and loved ones. With that, here’s a guide containing more information on what to expect at the end of life. Whether you intend to prepare yourself for this inevitability or plan to arrange hospice care for your loved ones, you can continue reading below to understand the signs and stages of death and dying. End of Life Signs Decreasing Appetite and Thirst As a person’s body starts to shut down, it stops seeking the nourishment and energy that it normally gets from food. As such, you’ll notice a dramatic decrease in appetite, with patients refusing food and water. While this is understandably upsetting, it’s important not to push someone to eat or drink when they are dying, Read More

8 04, 2022

End of Life Care: Providing Care and Comfort

2022-07-27T09:32:18+00:00Categories: Hospice Care, News|

The end of life is a natural event that no one can prevent nor postpone when it is time. Eventually, your loved ones will get old and reach their final hours. However, this does not mean that one should forgo the need to seek quality care and support when the inevitable comes.  In fact, when death is nearing, it becomes even more vital for an individual to receive palliative care to provide them with the utmost comfort and dignity they deserve. After all, everyone is entitled to a comfortable and quality life,  regardless of one’s condition and state.  Read on below to learn more about end of life care and how it can benefit the patient and their families, especially during one’s final days.  What is end of life care? End of life care refers to the overall care and support provided to a person nearing the end of their life. Its main focus is to help the patient live as well and comfortable as possible until their final breath. Furthermore, it aims to improve one’s quality of life despite being in their last days, months, or years.  End of life services involve different kinds of physical, mental, social, and spiritual assistance. This type of care may look different for each patient since everyone has different Read More

22 02, 2022

3 Questions to Ask Yourself: Is it Time for Hospice?

2022-07-27T09:08:32+00:00Categories: Adults, Health, Hospice Care, News|

One of the most challenging seasons in life is caring for aging and ill family members. It is difficult to watch your loved ones suffer from symptoms of terminal illnesses, such as cancer, dementia, and heart disease. Feelings of helplessness and fear can take over thoughts clouding your judgment and adding to the stress of trying to juggle their needs and the demands of our busy lives. The heartbreaking truth is that it is only a matter of time before your loved ones' needs may become unmanageable without additional support or professional care, as their illness progresses.  Instead of focusing on the overwhelm, it’s time to allow our caring staff to support your family’s needs. This will allow you to focus on the most important things, time together and comfort. We understand the stress brought on by making medical decisions, providing care and trying to navigate increased medical visits takes a toll on caregivers, that is why we will work to tailor a care plan you need that surrounds the whole family. Here are three questions that can help you determine when’s the right time for hospice. Does your loved one have life-limiting conditions?  Hospice care is the best choice of care option for patients diagnosed with a terminal illness and who have been determined to Read More

22 02, 2022

5 Common Hospice Diagnosis

2022-07-27T09:09:12+00:00Categories: Adults, Health, Hospice Care, News|

It is an unfortunate misconception that hospice care is only for those expected to die in a few weeks or a “place” for the dying and hopeless people with terminal illnesses. Hospice care is in fact meant to serve those who are suffering from a terminal illness, yes, but was developed to provide care and support to sustain quality of life. When a terminally ill patient and their loved ones embrace hospice care for what it really is一a health plan that focuses on improving one’s quality of life, it becomes an option that centers on caring instead of curing which allows the family to spend their energy and attention on what matters.  In fact, statistics suggest that roughly 53.8% of Medicare beneficiaries chose and received hospice services as part of their plan of care. That was a 4% increase in hospice patients compared to the previous year.  It is a testament to the benefits that come with partnering your car with a hospice team. Families should never make assumptions that their loved one won’t qualify. Speaking to our experienced specialists will help you determine the qualifications and next steps.  This is how Cardinal Hospice helps take the pressure off of your family, we help every step of the way. Additionally, more and more people with different Read More

23 01, 2022

Starting a Conversation: How to Talk to Someone About Hospice Care?

2022-07-27T09:33:46+00:00Categories: Health|

Major life decisions have always been a challenging topic for anyone, especially if it’s a conversation about end of life care of a loved one. It may not be easy, but talking about hospice and palliative care in advance can help the whole family make an informed decision without hassle and stress. But the big question here is this: how can you talk to someone about hospice care? As with any life-changing decision, it’s crucial to have an open, calm, and honest discussion about it. It’s also essential to gather facts first and learn how hospice care can benefit a loved one. Read on below as we give tips on how to have a productive conversation with a loved one about hospice care.  When Should You Start the Conversation? According to studies, starting hospice care early on allows patients to reap its full benefits, thus improving one’s quality of life. So ideally, talk of any end-of-life care plans should start when your loved one is still healthy and able to make decisions for themselves. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. More often than not, hospice care will only be brought up when sudden medical crises happen. Some examples of the circumstances that may trigger the conversation include: When the patient or loved one has been Read More

6 01, 2022

Misconceptions: 10 Hospice Myths and Facts

2022-07-27T09:33:20+00:00Categories: Health, Hospice Care|

Hospice care has been gaining significant traction after countless studies have documented its notable benefits. In fact, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reported that about 1.55 million people sought and received hospice care in 2018 alone. That’s already a 4% increase of patients compared to prior years. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions about hospice care from patients, families, and caregivers alike. Hospice myths and facts seem to overlap for some people, preventing them from getting the care and support they need. So, let’s set things straight by debunking some of the most common myths surrounding hospice care. Myth #1: Hospice is only for people who have given up on life. Fact: Many people associate the term “hospice” with “dying” or “giving up.” But in reality, hospice works its wonders by giving hope to terminally ill people that there’s still more to life than their disease. Hospice care is specifically designed to improve the overall well-being of a person with life-limiting conditions, such as cancer or any chronic diseases. It aims to honor one’s end-of-life choices and provide the care they need with dignity and respect.  Furthermore, hospice care service not only meets the medical needs of a patient. It also focuses on improving the emotional, psychosocial, mental, and spiritual aspects of Read More

6 01, 2022

The 5 Stages of Palliative Care

2022-09-14T16:43:55+00:00Categories: Health|

Having a chronic, ultimately terminal, illness takes away a lot of one’s freedom to choose. For example, the choice to eat any food you want, to travel, or do your favorite activities. But there’s one thing you or your loved one still have control over一the kind of comfort care and end-of-life plan you want. One such example is palliative care. The 5 stages of palliative care aim to improve the quality of life of patients with chronic or terminal diseases. This type of care focuses on managing the symptoms of the illness along with providing specific treatments intended to cure or prevent the progression of the disease. But above all, palliative care aims to honor one’s wishes and individual needs regarding their medical care. Learn more about palliative care and its five stages by reading our in-depth discussion below. What Is Palliative Care? Palliative care is a type of long-term care that provides pain management and symptom relief for patients suffering with chronic illnesses. It also involves improving the patient’s quality of life by focusing on their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. These efforts are often combined with medical treatments. Palliative care also benefits the patient’s family and loved ones by providing much-needed emotional and spiritual support. Here are some of the specific services you Read More

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