In one of the more disturbing encounters I've had in long-term care — in a 5-Star deficiency-free nursing home — I offered my condolences to an aide on the loss of a resident she'd cared for over a period of two years. I never expected the response I got.
As family and friends gather near a loved one in the closing days, a warm and comfortable environment can do wonders for soothing frayed nerves and troubled minds.
While hospitalizations and aggressive disease treatment are common in serious illness, hospice and palliative care specialists support patients through the entire trajectory of disease to include educating and empowering patients about the benefits and burdens of various interventions.
New research concludes that nursing home caregivers well-versed in palliative care tend to focus less on possibly futile "aggressive" life-saving measures.
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Relatives of dying residents make it harder to provide high-quality end-of-life care, according to a majority of long-term care professionals surveyed.
Almost a quarter of Americans over age 75 have not written down or talked to someone about their wishes for the end of life care, according to a new survey from Pew Research Group.
The Hastings Center has updated its "Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life." The original 1987 guidelines were influential.
The number of people dying in hospitals decreased 8% from 2000 to 2010 even as overall hospitalizations rose, suggesting nursing homes, hospices and home health providers are playing larger roles in end-of-life care. These numbers appeared in a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
CDC says fewer people are dying in hospitals, highlighting importance of end-of-life care in nursing homes, hospicesMarch 28, 2013
The number of people dying in hospitals decreased 8% between 2000-2010 even as overall hospitalizations rose, suggesting nursing homes, hospices and home health providers are playing larger roles in end-of-life care. These numbers appeared in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Wednesday.
As the number of people who choose nursing homes for end-of-life care continues to rise, more quality measures are needed to help consumers judge quality, a new study recommends.
The National Quality Forum voted to endorse 14 quality measures regarding palliative and end-of-life care for patients and their families. The quality measures focus on areas of care including pain management, weight loss and depression.
The success of the for-profit hospice industry has caused concern among ethicists who say that the goal of profitability interferes with their ability to provide quality end-of-life care, according to new research.
Starting Jan. 1, Medicare will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care. Under this new rule, doctors can offer information to patients on how to prepare an "advance directive," which states how they wish to be medically treated if they become unable to make healthcare decisions for themselves. The discussion may occur during patients' annual exams.
Increased use of hospice care services could help rein in healthcare spending at the end of life, according to one study. But another study indicates that hospice is not a silver bullet, Reuters Health reported.
Black patients are less likely than white patients to receive end-of-life care that accurately reflects their preferences, according to new research.
The religious beliefs of your physician could impact the care you receive at the end of life, according to a new British study.
The latest research raises the question of whether nursing homes should take charge of hospice care and not rely on outside contractors.
New guidelines covering implanted defibrillators in terminal patients should help patients, doctors and hospice caregivers decide how to proceed with end-of-life treatments, experts say.
Donald Berwick, the current nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, likely will face questions over his views of end-of-life care during his Senate confirmation hearings, according to recent news reports.
A presidential memorandum aims to protect the rights of hospital patients on Medicare and Medicaid who are approaching the end of their lives.
It turns out some scientists are saying, "yes," to drugs. Physicians and researchers are reevaluating hallucinogens like psilocybin, the psychotropic ingredient found in mushrooms, for their role in easing anxiety at the end of life, according to recent news reports.
Some groups of elderly people actually report being more afraid of death if they have a strong family network of caregivers, a new study finds.
Relatives of elderly patients nearing the end of life experience less stress and depression if their loved one has made his or her end-of-life care wishes known, a new study finds.
There is no real benefit to using feeding tubes to care for those approaching the end of life. They should be considered only as a last possible option, according to a report from the Royal College of Physicians published Wednesday.
Fewer than one in five nursing homes provide end-of-life care services, according to new research from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
You've got to admit that our federal congressmen have some moxie. This week they unveiled their long-awaited healthcare reform bill. Included in it not only is the touchy public option, but also the perhaps even more controversial end-of-life counseling provision.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday outlined a "Seniors' Healthcare Bill of Rights" in The Washington Post.
It is a mistake to think that advance care planning in any way hurts seniors. Such discussions may lead to more end-of-life care instead of less and help preserve individuals' decision-making rights.