Starting a conversation with a terminally ill loved one about hospice can be difficult. This can be one of the hardest parts of their journey, so it is not unusual to see them shut [...]
Choosing when to start hospice care can be a major decision for patients facing the end of life. In general, it's best to begin the discussion about hospice care before the patient actually needs [...]
The holidays are a time for families to come together and share the joys of life, but for families faced with making a decision about hospice care, the holiday season could also bring extra stress. [...]
ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease, is a terminal illness that progresses in stages after a diagnosis. At the end stages of ALS, hospice care can help the patient maintain personal dignity and enjoy the best possible quality of life after stopping medical intervention.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and World Alzheimer’s Day occurs annually on September 21, making this the ideal time to have a conversation with loved ones about the disease. If a family member has [...]
A terminal illness diagnosis brings many challenges, but it doesn't have to mean leaving your home or being without the support of those you love. In-home hospice care helps you or your loved one remain in a familiar, comfortable environment during the final days, weeks, or months of life.
Children of aging parents often find themselves responsible for care decisions about senior family members, and planning ahead can make the process easier. Waiting until an emergency occurs makes decisions more stressful, so consider the options available for your loved one early. Three Oaks Hospice offers caring, compassionate hospice care and provides a wide variety of services designed to help families adjust to this new phase of life.
When a loved one faces the end of life, family members and friends go through a complex process of grief that can last for months or years. Three Oaks Hospice offers assistance to families in bereavement and can help you make the most of those last days spent with your loved one. Learning healthy bereavement strategies makes it easier to work through the various stages of grief.
Choosing hospice is a difficult choice, especially for loved ones suffering from dementia and alzheimer’s. Here are some tips to help guide you.
Patients with congestive heart failure, or CHF, need access to caregivers with the expertise and skills to help them manage their symptoms. Families may have trouble knowing how to care for a patient with heart disease, and caregiver burnout can leave family members exhausted and overwhelmed
Hospice care during the COVID-19 pandemic is a tremendous support to families and patients. Following established safety and hygiene protocols helps keep everyone safe. It's possible to blend compassionate care with safe practices, and many terminally ill patients prefer being at home with loved ones instead of in a hospital setting.
Caring for a loved one who needs extra assistance can help your senior relative continue to live independently, but caregiver burnout may develop if you're taking on more than you can reasonably handle. Knowing the signs of caregiver burnout can help you decide when to contact a hospice or palliative care provider for assistance.
The story of modern hospice and palliative care began in 1963 when Dame Cicely Saunders introduced the concept of specialized care for terminally ill patients during a lecture at Yale University. A few years later, in 1967, Saunders started St. Christopher's Hospice in the United Kingdom, the first facility dedicated to this type of end-of-life care.
End-stage COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, can cause a variety of symptoms and complications, and families often worry about how to provide proper care for a loved one with advanced lung disease.
Caring for aging parents can be a challenge during the best of times, but the rapid spread of coronavirus adds an extra element of stress. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to the virus and more [...]