Hospice Services Enrich the Lives of the Dying

| By Meredith Ford

Half of hospice patients received hospice care for less than three weeks, according to the 2013 Facts & Figures Report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The Medicare Hospice Benefit is for individuals with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less. It’s our hope that families will reach […]

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Upcoming Workshops from Casa de la Luz

| By Meredith Ford

You’re invited to join Casa de la Luz at one of our special offerings this fall and winter. Hosted by our bereavement department, these workshops are offered to provide support especially for persons living with the loss of a loved one, but are open to all who wish to join. For more information and to […]

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Redefining Hope at End of Life

| By Meredith Ford

The definition of hope on m-w.com is “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true” or “To cherish a desire with anticipation.” Hope is a funny thing when you attach it to hospice care. People will probably tell you you’re giving up hope by signing on […]

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Get To Know…Mary Najera, RN Case Manager

| By Meredith Ford

Editor’s Note: This is the first in our new series of short interviews with some of our Casa staffers. This column features people who keep things running behind the scenes and those who are on the “front lines,” providing care to our patients. All of the Casa employees have been asked to answer five questions. […]

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Grief Counseling Options

| By Meredith Ford

Support groups help grieving people by introducing them to others who have had similar experiences, thoughts and feelings, giving them validation.  They provide emotional support in a safe and nonjudgmental environment.  Opportunities to learn about the grief process and new ways of approaching problems are presented.  Sometimes acute mourners desperately and immediately need a lifeline […]

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Working Together: Caregivers & the Hospice Team

| By Meredith Ford

Caregivers are an important component to the hospice team. Primary caregivers actively participate in meeting their loved one’s needs, adding greatly to their comfort and quality of life. Because hospice does not provide round-the-clock care in the home, we rely on family and professional caregivers to assist us with helping fulfill a patient’s daily needs […]

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