Category Archive: end of life

‘Living Their Values’: Palliative Care Power Couple Faces Cancer At Home

Kathy Brandt and Kim Acquaviva are both leaders in the world of hospice and palliative care. When Brandt learned she was dying of ovarian cancer, the couple decided it could be a teachable moment.

Listening To Older Patients Who Want To Stop Dialysis

Older adults with advanced kidney disease sometimes want to stop dialysis but often meet resistance from doctors, new research shows. We explore options available to these patients, including conservative care.

Assisted Living’s Breakneck Growth Leaves Patient Safety Behind

An analysis of inspection records in California, Florida and Texas shows significant numbers of violations related to assisted living residents with dementia.

Congress Targets Misuse Of Hospice Drugs

In the bipartisan opioid bill headed to the president’s desk, hospice workers would be allowed to destroy patients’ unneeded opioids, reducing the risk that families misuse them.

Is ‘Precision Medicine’ The Answer To Cancer? Not Precisely.

Doctors and hospitals love to talk about the patients they’ve saved with precision medicine, and reporters love to write about them. But the people who die still vastly outnumber the rare successes.

Creating Rituals To Honor The Dead At Long-Term-Care Facilities

Death and its companion, grief, are often ignored at nursing homes and assisted living centers, yet ignoring the loss can lead to depression, staff burnout and other problems.

A Late-Life Surprise: Taking Care Of Frail, Aging Parents

More and more older adults, age 60 and older, care for their elderly parents and face physical, emotional and financial stress.

Learning To Live Well With Dementia

Two leading experts on caring for people with Alzheimer’s offer ways to make life better for patients and their caregivers.

Missed Visits, Uncontrolled Pain And Fraud: Report Says Hospice Lacks Oversight

A new government watchdog report outlines vulnerabilities in Medicare’s $17 billion hospice program, pointing to inadequate services, inappropriate billing and outright fraud.

‘Like A Ghost Town’: Erratic Nursing Home Staffing Revealed Through New Records

Daily nursing home payroll records just released by the federal government show the number of nurses and aides dips far below average on some days and consistently plummets on weekends.

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