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Hospice Program Comforts Dying Veterans

Hospice Program Comforts Dying Veterans

“I started out in Southern France and ended up in Belgium,” is how Palmer Gaetano describes his army service in World War II. The 92-year old lives in a Source: wxxinews.org This is an excellent article about end of life care for those who gave their energy and possible lives for our freedom. Our veterans deserve the best and end of life care should be a priority. If you would like to learn more about pastoral care and pastoral thanatology, then please review the program #pastoralcareandpastoralthanatology

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Dying patients’ choices not always aligned to caregivers’

Dying patients’ choices not always aligned to caregivers’

An illuminating study compares the willingness of stage IV cancer patients, and their caregivers; to pay to extend their lives by one year against that of other end-of-life improvements. Source: www.sciencedaily.com The compromising question of the value for the buck comes into play with terminally ill patients and extraordinary measures of prolonging life. If you would like to learn more about Pastoral Thanatology Training, then please review the program and see how it matches your academic and professional needs #pastoralthanatologytraining

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Barriers to end-of-life care discussions identified

Barriers to end-of-life care discussions identified

Two issues emerged among experts in a discussion around barriers to end of life care: Conversations about death and dying need to be normalized so that people can be more comfortable having advance care planning discussions within families before there’s a crisis. And, clinicians need more training to be highly skilled and sensitive communicators. Source: www.sciencedaily.com Two primary barriers exist when it comes to end of life discussions with patients.  First the weirdness and uncomfort of death discussion and second, the inability of many doctors to be able to express and communicate death issues If you would like to become

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Healthcare 101: 5 Ways to Help the Elderly in the Aging Process

Healthcare 101: 5 Ways to Help the Elderly in the Aging Process

Healthcare 101: 5 Ways to Help the Elderly in the Aging Process and Pastoral Thanatology Certification   The Administration on Aging (AoA) reports the percentage of Americans 65 and older will reach nearly 20% by 2030 stretching this country’s resources dedicated to caring for the elderly. Whether you are a care provider, family member or just interested in making a difference; there are a number of ways to help the elderly in the aging process. Navigating Health Care Many of the elderly in this country are not equipped to manage their own health. Encouraging the elderly to establish a relationship

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Planning For End Of Life Costs

Planning For End Of Life Costs

The last few months are usually more expensive than the preceding years, and unexpected long-term care events and uncovered medical services can easily wipe out savings and inheritances. Source: www.thinkadvisor.com With death being so unpredictable, we should be planning ahead for end of life costs.  Whether chronic or sudden, we should consider how our last moments will be spent.  We ideally think it will be due to old age, so with this in mind, we should plan accordingly so that our final days are planned and we are prepared. This is especially true with the potential need of hospice. If

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How we face the last stage of life

How we face the last stage of life

When told that she would be serving her internship at FairHoPe, a nursing student wasn’t too thrilled. She said when she first found out where her assignment would be many thoughts ran through her mind. And none of them were good. Source: www.logandaily.com Good article about how we will face the last stage of our life.  Will death be viewed as a medical event or a natural and spiritual event?  Where do we wish to die if it is in our hands?  The home or the hospital? If you are interested in Pastoral Care courses for the dying, then please

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4 reasons hospice, palliative care gaining momentum

4 reasons hospice, palliative care gaining momentum

A recent study took the healthcare industry to task for failing to provide adequate end-of-life planning and reduce patient suffering, yet there may be hope amid the gloom thanks to an increased emphasis on hospice and palliative care, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in an opinion piece for Hospitals & Health Source: www.fiercehealthcare.com A good article why hospice and palliative care are two types of care that are gaining momentum for seniors or those faced with terminal illness. Good pastoral care and understanding of pastoral thanatology is important for caregivers. If you wish to learn more or become certified in Pastoral Thanatology, then please review the

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Pastoral Thanatology and the Rise of Retirees

Pastoral Thanatology and the Rise of Retirees

Rise in Retirees: How More Seniors Affects Healthcare Careers The aging of the American population is expected to make dramatic changes in a number of aspects of the society. Baby Boomers, people who were born between 1946 and 1964, will contribute huge numbers to the number of elderly over the coming decades. This population will have increasing healthcare needs that will provide many new career opportunities. Expanded Careers in Nursing The growing number of people utilizing healthcare services is already straining the number of workers in the nursing profession. This trend is expected to continue as the U.S. population ages,

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5 Essential Services Every Senior Care Center Should Provide

5 Essential Services Every Senior Care Center Should Provide

5 Essential Services Every Senior Care Center Should Provide Choosing a senior care center for a family member is one of the most difficult decisions in life. As such, healthcare professionals should take every care to make sure their senior care facilities are capable of the best care possible. The following are five highly important services every senior care center should provide for residents. Medical Care Seniors with acute or chronic medical conditions will need qualified healthcare providers on-site to manage health conditions. Assistance with wound care, medication administration and diabetic care are examples of medical services that should be

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Pastoral Care of the Dying: The Comfort of Dying at Home

Pastoral Care of the Dying:  The Comfort of Dying at Home

Still, it’s better than hospital DEATH comes to all, but some are more sure of its timing, and can make plans. Kate Granger, a 32-year-old doctor suffering from an… American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: The ultiamte dream of many is to die in peace at home.  While this is not always the case, those with more terminal conditions can arrange these settings.  Living life well till the end is sometimes the key to a happy death. Pastoral Care of the dying can take place anywhere, but those fortunate enough to find the luxury.  Many pastoral care givers are able to