What Difference Would Hospice Care Make?

For those wondering what hospice is about, and more specifically, what difference would it make in a person’s life who is dying, let me enlighten you. To understand hospice you must first understand the idea of palliative care. Palliative care is an interdisciplinary team approach to treat any serious illness without an aim to cure….

Do You Get It Now?

Many years ago as I sat through my first hospice orientation, I participated in an activity that was aimed at enlightening us to the fact that we were all entering our hospice patient’s lives at a time when the world as they knew it was becoming smaller and smaller. The exercise was supposed to get…

The Caregivers Guilt Over Loss of Appetite

Loss of appetite is a symptom experienced by most terminally ill people. It is an expected symptom that will slowly get worse over the course of their last few weeks of life. It will be treated with varying results. Eating, however, is equated with comfort for the rest of us, not eating then, must mean…

What if You Didn’t Choose a Healthcare Surrogate?

Choosing a Healthcare Surrogate (HCS) is imperative and should be done as early on as possible. Let me explain why. A HCS is going to be your voice making decisions about you if, and only when, you are unable to let others know what you want. I have had patients in situations where a sibling…