Category Archives: Elderly Care

Hospice Versus Home Health Care: Is there a Difference?

If you think home health care and hospice are the same thing, you’re not alone. These terms are often used interchangeably but are actually two totally different services based on goals of care, eligibility, costs, and outcomes. If you’re looking into receiving healthcare at home, whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to know the exact type...

Does Medicare Cover Hospice?

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“Does Medicare cover hospice?” The answer is, “It depends.”  Hospice care is often a crucial service that helps keep a person comfortable during an advanced illness. It is a form of palliative care geared toward helping the patient find relief from the stress and the many symptoms of their illness. With the stated goal of improving the patient’s and their...

What Is Palliative Care?

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Palliative care is a type of medical assistance focusing on helping patients and their families relieve the stress and symptoms of an illness. People with serious illnesses, who need assistance to improve their quality of life should look into palliative care. Unlike hospice care, which offers help for the terminally ill, palliative care provides comfort to people of all ages who have life-threatening,...

What Is a Death Doula?

Just as there are birth doulas to help welcome new lives into this world, there are also death doulas to help individuals prepare for death. Also called “end-of-life doulas”, “death midwives” or “end-of-life guides”, these specialists provide practical, emotional, spiritual and if qualified, medical support to loved ones who are dying and their families. They typically work through in-home care...