November 6, 2018
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy, but being far away when a family member dies can be an added sense of stress and grief. Choosing between paying an expensive flight ticket and being with your family is a decision that no one deserves to make. Here are a few strategies that can minimize the burden and help you be prepared when such situations arise.
Finding the Best Flight Options
Not long ago, most airlines offered discounted airfares to passengers with a family emergency, such as the death of a family member. Unfortunately, bereavement fares are not...
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...