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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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    By Linda Van Zandt – Los Angeles Times Aug 14, 2016 “We had been forced to assist in the most bizarre fashion, jumping through seemingly random legal hoops and meeting arbitrary deadlines while my aunt suffered, and finally emptying capsules, making an elixir so vile I cried when I knew she had to drink it. This ...


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  • Harold and MaudeHarold and Maude June 19, 2016
    1971 dark comedy film classic: Harold, obsessed with death, meets the 79-year-old carefree Maude.


  • Honey (Miele)Honey (Miele) April 17, 2016
    An Italian film about a young woman who helps people die. What happens when her guidelines are violated? How does this occupation affect her life? Are there other “Honeys” around? Should there be?


  • Diane Rehm: Do Americans Have A Right To Die? April 9, 2016
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  • Diane Rehm shares the painful story of her husband’s death March 3, 2016
    PBS News Hour. March 3, 2016 Diane Rehm’s husband, who had Parkinson’s, was not eligible medical aid dying. He chose to voluntarily stop eating and drinking in order to end his life. “I rage at a system that wouldn’t allow John to be helped toward his own death.” Read the interview with Diane Rehm and ...


  • How to Die in OregonHow to Die in Oregon February 21, 2016
    How terminally ill persons, their family, and friends consider whether and when to take a lethal medication overdose as allowed in Oregon since 1997 and soon to be available in California through the End of Life Option Act. Winner of Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Presented by the Hemlock Society of San Diego.


  • The end can be sudden in advanced cancer February 8, 2016
    KevinMd.com Feb. 8, 2016 Many doctors are reluctant to talk about end of life issues. Many families want to avoid the issue altogether and are shocked when the end “suddenly” appears. Read more about doctors’ reluctance to talk about end of life with their patients and their families.


  • Being MortalBeing Mortal December 19, 2015
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  • Force-Feeding: Cruel at Guantánamo, but O.K. for Our Parents November 24, 2015
    By Haider Javed Warraich, New York Times Nov. 24, 2015 Many late-stage dementia patients develop difficulties in swallowing and frequently aspirate food or other stomach contents into their lungs, developing pneumonia. “Study after study, however, has shown that tube feeding doesn’t provide any benefit compared with feeding these patients by hand, which is more ...


  • 24 and Ready to Die November 10, 2015
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  • The Farewell Pary (Israel)The Farewell Pary (Israel) October 18, 2015
    Residents of a retirement community figure out how to help their fellow retirees who are suffering a bad death.


  • The I.C.U. Is Not a Pause Button August 26, 2015
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  • La Grande Bouffe (The Big Feast) August 16, 2015
    In this 1973 award-winning French-Italian film with Marcello Mastroianni, four gourmet friends rent a chateau. If you ever thought about how it would be to eat yourself to death, this will amuse and entertain you.


  • A Final PromiseA Final Promise June 14, 2015
    A boy helps his brother die and makes a vow to himself to end his own life at 37— until he falls in love with a woman with ALS who needs his help. Based on the novel, How Angel’s Die, by British musician, Guy Blews.


 

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