Choosing Hospice Care
October 2, 2017
Choosing to put a loved one into hospice care can be an overwhelming decision. In fact, many caregivers tend to put the decision off, assuming that hospice is a one-way street that will accelerate the dying process of their loved one. This is a persistent misconception. The consequences of delaying hospice care can be significant; a recent study found that patients often wait too long to enter hospice care, thus missing out on the potential meaningful benefits it could offe...
Public Policy Issues of End-of-Life Care
July 26, 2017
In a just-published issue of the journal Health Affairs (July 2017) devoted entirely to end of life care issues, the editor Alan R. Weil introduces the topic in this way: "Few areas of health care are as personal, or as fraught, as care for people with serious illnesses who are approaching death. At a point in their lives when their needs are often as much social and spiritual as they are medical, people are confronted with a fragmented, rescue-driven health care system tha...
Rooted in History
July 18, 2017
End With Care is relatively new, but the underlying concept of our service and support offering is tried and tested. Funded by the state in 2001, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission on End-of-Life Care was established. The Commission brought together a blue-ribbon group of experts to study and propose ideas to meet the increasing needs of those in the final stages of life and in need of a wide range of resources available throughout the state. The result was the development of an end-of-life content-based website offering users easy and convenient access to the most extensive list...
A few words about End With Care
June 27, 2017
In today's world of medicine, nursing and the allied health professions, end-of-life care refers to health care, not only of patients in the final hours or days of their lives, but more broadly care of all those with a terminal illness or terminal condition that has become advanced, progressive and incurable. As the population continues to age and medical advances progress rapidly, the final stages of life are becoming more important. One of the challenges facing health and social service providers is information, or more specifically, how can people get useful information? Many individuals and fa...