Hospice

Hospice care is for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. In order to receive the hospice package of benefits from Medicare, a doctor must attest to a life expectancy of six months or less. Hospice involves a team-oriented approach that follows a patient’s needs and wishes. Included with this is expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support.  At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.

Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well. Some home care and most medications and durable medical equipment are also covered. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but only provide direct care for a few hours a day.

Hip Fractures, an Age-Old, Old Age Misery

In the U.S, there are 300,000 hip fractures a year in people 65 and older, and that number is going up.

/ January 15, 2019

Hospital Discharges are like Expeditions to Antarctica: Be Prepared

Millions of older people enter the hospital each year for elective treatment of serious medical issues such as cancer, heart disease, and quality of life surgeries like joint replacement. Like an Antarctic expedition, a successful hospitalization is almost entirely determined...

/ October 6, 2018

Can We Find the Right Formula for Legal Physician-Assisted Death?

Last month, I wrote about my ambivalence about the EoLOA in a personal essay about a client who desired, but did not carry out, a physician-assisted death in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

/ July 2, 2018