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Symptom management

July 8, 2021

End Stage of Parkinson’s  

The end stage of Parkinson's is painful and debilitating. To preserve quality of life, families need a plan to provide round-clock-care.
May 5, 2021

What is Terminal Restlessness?

What is Terminal Restlessness? When their time comes, we hope our loved one dies peacefully. Unfortunately, the process is not always soft and gradual.
April 13, 2021

Mottling of the Skin Before Death

Mottling is caused by poor circulation; the patient’s heart can no longer pump blood effectively. This causes deprivation in the outer extremities, but eventually affects other body parts as well. It normally starts a few days prior to death but can appear up to four weeks earlier. 
April 13, 2021

Haldol & Nausea: Keeping Sickness at Bay

Haldol & Nausea: Keeping Sickness at Bay Haldol is Nausea and vomiting are unfortunately common in terminally ill patients. They are some of the most distressing and complex symptoms hospice teams have to deal with. Treating them requires not only powerful medication, but family members willing to act as in-home unusual but highly effective drug in hospice and palliative care.
March 31, 2021

Signs Death is Near  

During the final stage of life, each person goes through a unique set of physical and psychological changes. As their body begins shutting down, their thoughts gradually turn inward while they come to terms with their mortality. Signs death is near can appear as early as three months, but often occur much closer to the end. Regardless, understanding the process enables families to support their loved ones as they approach the final moments of life.  
February 16, 2021

Recognize Non-Verbal Pain Cues 

Recognize Non-Verbal Pain Cues Hospice care exists in order to improve a person’s quality of life. Key to this is managing pain.
February 10, 2021

Treating COVID Symptoms in Hospice 

Treating COVID Symptoms in Hospice In hospice, treating COVID symptoms requires a different approach. Unlike acute medical centers
November 28, 2020

We All Poop… Until We Don’t

Constipation is a major cause of distress and infection in hospice patients, but with the right care, nurses and family can maintain normal bodily function.
November 24, 2020

Can Morphine Kill You?

Can Morphine Kill You? The importance of morphine in hospice care Morphine is one of the best tools hospice has for managing pain.
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