Top Four Regrets of the Dying

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate […]

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Handling Restlessness or Agitation during End of Life Care

Terminal Agitation often surprises many family members and caregivers alike. A loved one who is usually calm, suddenly and unexpectedly becomes agitated and restless.  It is common knowledge that individuals who are experiencing even minor illnesses may demonstrate mood changes such as irritability, anger, depression and avoid communication with others. Such mood changes are often […]

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Know Your Healthcare Options Before a Crisis Strikes

Treasure Valley Hospice Stresses the Importance of Advance Care Planning and Talking with Loved Ones November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to help people understand the importance of planning for the care they would want if they were facing a serious or life-limiting illness. “One […]

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Value of a Nurse Practitioner in Hospice Care

“Nurse Practitioners as a discipline are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive, effective, compassionate and cost-effective care…” Having a NP as a Member of our Hospice Team Means Patients Get Better Care Only a NP has the dual training of RNs and MDs.  As such, having a NP on our staff insures we have the perfect liaison […]

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