Hospice is a service to support a terminally ill patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Hospice concentrates on managing a patient’s pain and other symptoms so that the patient may live as comfortably as possible and make the most of their remaining time. Hospice also supports the patient’s family and caregivers, including grief and loss counseling.
Another advantage of hospice is that a hospice nurse can declare death and facilitate transportation to a mortuary. If someone dies at home and you call 911 and there is no DNR, paramedics may attempt emergency procedures.
Typically hospice care is provided in the patient’s home, with the majority of the day-to-day care falling on family members and caregivers. As this article on the “Cost of Dying..” points out, ” hospice has ballooned into a nearly $19 billion industry. It’s now the most profitable service sector in health care, as the industry’s business model relies heavily on unpaid family caregivers.”
As we increasingly see that we want to provide home-based care, we’re relying even more on caregivers. And it does take a toll.
-professor Katherine Ornstein, who studies the last year of life at Mount Sinai Hospital
Medicare will pay a set fee to qualified hospices for care of those with a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less to live. To stay on hospice, Medicare requires documented continued decline. Medicare will cover medications related to the terminal diagnosis and medical equipment, but will not pay for treatments intended to cure a terminal illness or treatments unrelated to the terminal diagnosis. The Medicare hospice benefit does not cover room and board in a nursing home or hospice residential facility. Some hospices provide extra services such as aroma, music therapy, etc. Some hospices have volunteers for extra support.
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan you may be limited to hospices approved by the Medicare Advantage Plan.
You have the right to change your hospice provider once during each benefit period.
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Click here for full story Canada prepares to expand assisted death amid debateDecember 12, 2022Click Here Netflix Short Documentary – ExtremisDecember 5, 2022Currently playing on Nextflix, Extremis is a 24-minute documentary that deals with real dying patients in a hospital who are on life support and the hard decisions their families have to make about whether to disconnect life support and allow their loved on to die of their illness, or have them surgically attached to a ... Ondi Timoner Talks About Her New Documentary “Last Flight Home”December 3, 2022Click here to watch the video A Son’s Decision to Help His Father DieDecember 3, 2022A very interesting story about the decision to use VSED. Note that a Catholic chaplain refused to minister to the patient because he had chosen to die this way. 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Terminally-ill Connecticut grandma who’s suing Vermont over rule banning visitors from it’s assisted dying program says mom’s horrific cancer death inspired her lawsuitAugust 28, 2022“It is the second legal filing of its kind in America, with Oregon previously agreeing that they would allow people from out of state to access their facilities without prosecuting them for breaching the residency stipulation.” Click here to read the full article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11150933/Connecticut-grandma-shares-shes-suing-Vermont-let-use-euthanasia-law.html NOTE: The article incorrectly states that “Vermont is one of two US states ... The Case for Medical Aid in DyingAugust 24, 2022A Maryland psychiatrist presents rational arguments in favor of medical aid in dying. Full Article Aggregating 23 Years of Data on Medical Aid in DyingAugust 10, 2022Over 23 years, 5329 patients died by MAID, while 8451 received a prescription. 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Valuable information and the latest AHCD and POLST forms are provided on this website by California attorney and HSSD member Bill Simmons.
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Assisted dying now legal in New Zealand, End of Life Choice Act a ‘huge relief’ for someNovember 7, 2021“We have to remember people who are eligible are already dying, this is just the way that they die – not the fact they will die.” https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/euthanasia-debate/300443715/assisted-dying-now-legal-in-new-zealand-end-of-life-choice-act-a-huge-relief-for-some Good News for Californians!November 6, 2021https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/california/articles/2021-11-04/lawsuit-briefly-blocking-california-assisted-death-law-ends What Ways Can You Die When You’ve Had Enough of LifeOctober 26, 2021https://www.thegooddeathsocietyblog.net/2021/10/24/what-ways-can-you-die-when-youve-had-enough-of-life/ Dr Rodney Syme has died aged 86 – The VE Movement Has Lost a GiantOctober 25, 2021Many Hemlockers may not know Rodney, but he was a towering voice. Faye interviewed him at length in a recent presentation, Current Issues in the Right to Die: Australia. He was a gutsy doctor — an inspiration for all and a fighter to extend the law. The interview begins at 35:00. Click here These people want to die. Will their countries allow euthanasia?October 22, 2021https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/people-want-die-will-countries-allow-euthanasia-rcna3307?fbclid=IwAR1JowKHVmEkCH_FAKZy-7UVmpboWLHmdnyjP8LjtfT3H-Q0-wPTfPM2QpE What’s Wrong With Advance Care Planning?October 11, 2021Viewpoint What’s Wrong With Advance Care Planning? October 8, 2021 R. Sean Morrison, MD1,2; Diane E. Meier, MD1; Robert M. Arnold, MD3 Author Affiliations Article Information JAMA. Published online October 8, 2021. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.16430 Advance care planning (ACP) has emerged during the last 30 years as a potential response to the problem of low-value end-of-life care. The assumption that ACP will result in goal-concordant end-of-life care led to widespread public initiatives promoting its ... Governor Newsom Signs SB 380!!October 6, 2021https://www.fresnobee.com/news/california/article254793857.html California Passes Major Hospice Reform LawsOctober 5, 2021 Head of Dutch RTD Group DetainedSeptember 30, 2021https://apnews.com/article/europe-health-crime-netherlands-assisted-suicide-54fd090d8a261723b9a04bcb8fea08f4 Sandy Morris Challenges California LawSeptember 22, 2021September 19, 2021 Sandy Morris Challenges California Law Lisa Krieger, Mercury News Sandy Morris Challenges California Law – But How? Sandy Morris challenges California law because when found out she would die of ALS, she resolved that she would bravely, peacefully and legally end her own life, surrounded by her beloved family and views of the Sierra Nevada. California’s End of ... 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Your Experiences, PleaseAugust 26, 2021We’d like to hear about your experiences with loved ones, or yourself, trying to or using VSED (Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking) and also using the End of Life Option Act to achieve a peaceful death. I will compile them, respecting your confidentiality, and will be able to let our members know important pointers to ... Support CA SB 380August 24, 2021SB 380, the bill in the California State Legislature that would liberalize the End of Life Option Act in several important ways, is currently in The State Assembly Appropriations Committee with a hearing on August 26, 2021. The one local committee member is Dr. Akilah Weber, an OB GYN and daughter of Shirley Weber. If ... NEW VIDEO – Current Issues in the RTD: AustraliaJuly 13, 2021https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6k4Y5MbX0Y A discussion on right-to-die issues and laws in Australia led by Faye Girsh with speakers from Australia presented on July 8, 2021, NEW Video – Current Issues in the Right to Die: SwitzerlandJune 29, 2021This program was held on June 24, 2021 via Zoom. It is first in a series of presentations by Faye Girsh and Ken Watson on Current Issues in the Right to Die. Note: To view this video, click “Watch on YouTube”, then click “I understand and wish to proceed”. New Book: Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking edited by Timothy E. Quill, Paul T. Menzel, Thaddeus Pope, and Judith K. Schwarz.June 11, 2021Available for pre-order and will ship July July 27, 2021. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/voluntarily-stopping-eating-and-drinking-9780190080730?lang=en&cc=ca# Stanford Letter ProjectMay 21, 2021Using the Stanford What-Matters-Most letter form and answering some simple questions, any adult can write about what matters most to them when it comes to their healthcare choices they want to make for their future when they cannot speak for themselves. https://med.stanford.edu/letter.html Forms: Advance Health Care Directive, Covid-19 Addendum, And POLSTMay 13, 2021Advance Health Care Directive Form Covid-19 Advance Health Care Directive Addendum Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment The Father . . . a film to spark a movement ???May 12, 2021By Anne M. Haule, Hemlock Society Member and Volunteer Recently I went to a movie theater and saw my first movie in over 14 months of pandemic. 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We Are All One “Bad Death” Away From Becoming Right To Die AdvocatesApril 28, 2021By Anne Haule, Member, Hemlock Society It’s been almost 10 years, but I still cry when I think or talk about Larry’s death. I can’t get the picture out of my mind of his deteriorating body, hooked to his catheter, lying on the floor after falling out of bed. He died 5 days later in a hospice ... The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to DieApril 17, 2021The Inevitable: Dispatches on the Right to Die by Katie Engelhart, 2021 Review by Faye Girsh While thousands were dying from Covid 19, assisted dying laws were passed in Spain, Austria, New Mexico, being considered in both Australian and U.S. states, and expanded in Canada. Equally refreshing and hopeful is this new book by Katie Engelhart ... Dutch Push for Demedicalisation of Euthanasia LawsApril 12, 2021April 11, 2021 (From Exit International) The Coöperatie Laatste Wil (CLW), together with thirty Dutch citizens, is taking the Dutch State to court to create the legal right for voluntary, elective dying at a time of one’s choosing that does not require medical sanction or assistance. This Dutch push for the Demedicalisation of Euthanasia Laws is ... Medical Emergency: The Church-State Wall Has Collapsed When It Comes To End-Of-Life CareMarch 13, 2021Kim Callinan of Compassion and Choices writes about the ways the Catholic Church’s Ethical and Religious Directives (ERD’s) govern what kind of treatment you will receive (or NOT) at Catholic hospitals. Many of these directives influence end-of-life care. The majority of these hospitals do not publicly disclose these policies. … the number of Catholic-affiliated hospitals grew ... I’m the Doctor Who Is Here to Help You DieMarch 2, 2021In an article adapted from the newly-released book “The Inevitable,” Dr. Lonny Shavelson, Chairman of the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying talks about his experiences prescribing life-ending drugs to terminally ill people in California and how he came to transition from emergency room doctor to end-of-life specialist. Most of his patients were ... Right of WayFebruary 21, 2021Bette Davis and James Stewart star in this 1983 film as an aging couple who have decided to end their lives together after the wife is diagnosed with a debilitating terminal illness, in spite of objections by their daughter and community. Death with Dignity: How I helped my dad dieFebruary 2, 2021A daughter’s story of her father’s decision to end his life when he lost his independence and freedom due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was facing quadriplegia. Her dad sent her a text message saying he was ready to die, and he needed her to help. The safeguards of ... Do you know if your hospital has directives that would force you to receive unwanted treatment at end of life?January 29, 2021January 16 marks Religious Freedom Day. While people’s spiritual beliefs take on heightened meaning at the end of their life, religious freedom at this time is unfortunately an aspiration, not a reality. A Jan. 4 study in the Journal of American Medical Association, found that an overwhelming 71% of Americans believe that personal decisions about ... Soylent GreenDecember 22, 2020This ecological dystopian thriller film portrays the year 2022. The cumulative effects of overpopulation, pollution and some apparent climate catastrophe have caused severe worldwide shortages of food, water and housing. Government-assisted euthanasia is available on request. Starring: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young and the last performance of Edward G. Robinson. The Farewell Pary (Israel)October 18, 2020This is a wonderful Israeli movie telling a unique, compassionate and surprisingly funny story of a group of folks at a Jerusalem retirement community who decide to help their terminally ill friend end his life. When rumors of their assistance begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help. What do they do ... In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Common, Survival Poor, in COVID-19October 13, 2020Medscape reported on two studies of in-hospital cardiac arrest in Covid patients. In a report from William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, 60 of 1309 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 (4.6%) had an in-hospital cardiac arrest. Of these, 54 had documented cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). None survived to discharge. In a multicenter cohort study published online September ... How Doctors Redefined Death. Is it as binary as it seems?September 28, 2020by Rohin Francis, MBBS, Medlife Crisis Modern technology has blurred the lines of life and death to a confusing extent. Heart transplant operations changed the definition of death. The external corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine can keep a person “alive” with no heart or lung in their body. In New York and New Jersey, a family can ... That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour by Sunita PuriSeptember 18, 2020At the end of her training in internal medicine, Dr Puri was doubting the professional choice she had made, questioning if medicine was really what she wanted to do with her life. At the suggestion of a colleague, Dr Puri applied for a position in the palliative care department. She had found her medical passion. At ...