Hospice and palliative care

Advance directives: What they are and why you need one

Sometimes known as a living will or medical directive, an advance directive is a legal document that spells out your health care wishes if you are unable to speak for yourself. Though many people associate it with older adults, an advance directive has nothing to do with age: It goes... more

Hospice care at home: 3 questions to consider before choosing it

More than half of all hospice care takes place at home, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). There are benefits to this approach: You’re in the comfort of your own familiar environment, with family and other loved ones. It’s also less expensive. But it’s not for... more

What to do when someone dies without a will

Dying without a will: It sounds dire. What happens to the deceased’s assets? And who makes the decisions? Admittedly, the situation is more complicated than if the person hadn’t died intestate — the legal term for the will-less state — but, depending on the nature and size of the estate, it may... more

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The hardest conversation: How to broach end-of-life wishes with a loved one

When someone you care about has just been handed a scary diagnosis, there’s a lot to process and discuss, whether your parent has just been told they have Alzheimer’s or your spouse has learned they have terminal cancer. But one crucial conversation shouldn’t be neglected: end-of-life care. While 90 percent of people... more

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How to talk about end-of-life care with your doctor

Eighty percent of people say that if they were struggling with a serious illness, they would want to speak with their physician about end-of-life care. Yet only 7 percent end up doing so, according to the California HealthCare Foundation. As a result, more than half of people who lose a loved one... more

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Palliative treatment and care: What you can expect

Palliative care aims to address any and all symptoms and side effects people face when dealing with a serious illness, such as cancer, a stroke, kidney disease or Alzheimer’s disease. That means plans for palliative treatment, by definition, must be tailored and specific to each individual.  Palliative care delivery can also... more

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Palliative care: What it is, how it helps and where to get it

Being diagnosed with a serious illness, such as cancer, heart failure, or Alzheimer’s disease, presents an ever-growing — and ever-changing — host of challenges that go far beyond what shows up on an X-ray or MRI. That’s where palliative care fits in. Palliative care is a specialized type of medical care that... more

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Is palliative care right for you?

Think of palliative care as a support system for someone dealing with a serious illness. The palliative care team helps with everything from coordinating appointments to managing physical symptoms like pain or constipation to helping manage stress and anxiety.  Here are a few questions to ask yourself (or a... more