Hospice Care, Comfort Care, & Palliative Care
October 1, 2018
Hospice Care, Comfort Care, and Palliative Care: If you are helping a loved one through the end-of-life process, chances are you’ve heard these terms before. It may seem doctors and caregivers use these terms almost interchangeably. But what do they actually mean? And how are they different? Understanding what each of them means will empower you to speak out about the precise level of care your loved one wants and needs.
Put plainly, hospice care is for people in the dying process. Generally, a person must be considered to be terminal or within six months ...
Hospice Pet Therapy
August 30, 2018
If you have ever had a pet, you know the pure joy and unconditional love that dogs, cats, and other furry friends can bring into our lives. In fact, studies suggest that cuddling or petting an animal can reduce rates of stress, anxiety, and even depression. These positive effects have inspired many hospice organizations to use pet therapy as way to increase the quality of life of patients with serious and terminal illnesses.
What is Pet Therapy?
Understanding Life Support
August 7, 2018
Although the term “life support” is actually quite broad, when most people use this term, they are referring to a ventilator, or a machine that helps people breathe by pushing air into the lungs. Other common life support treatments include feeding tubes (devices to provide food and water) and CPR. When a patient is terminally ill, medical interventions such as life support can prolong the life of the patient. It is estimated that 60-70% of seriously ill patients will not be able to decide for themselves whether or not they want to accept life support. Therefore family members or caregivers are often left wit...
Become an Organ Donor
July 6, 2018
It has been nearly 65 years since surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston successfully transplanted a kidney between living identical twin brothers. Since that time, transplants have become established medical procedures. Coupling advances in medicine with the gift of organ donations, transplants are saving or extending the lives of hundreds of thousands.
Some hard facts about organ donation are that over 115,000 people across the United States currently wait for a transplant and some 5000 of those individuals live within New England. Some harder fac...