Is Hospice Care Free-of-Charge?

  Q. I recently read an article about Valerie Harper, an actress from the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda,” who is dying of cancer. Her husband of 40 years, Tony Cacciotti, announced that doctors have recommended … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Fospice Care for Senior Pets in Fairfax

Dear Angel, I know when humans are in their last months of life, their families may opt for hospice care. What happens to animals in their last months of life if they don't have a loving home? Karen Forpetz -- Dear … [Read more...]

What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Penny's father was being discharged from the hospital after his latest fainting spell from low blood pressure. Having suffered from Parkinson's for more than 20 years, he regressed during his stay, and he was having serious … [Read more...]

The Ugly Side of Hospice Care

Q. My mother is ready to transition to hospice care. She has very advanced dementia, severe arthritis, and is immobile. With all of the assistance that she needs, we can no longer care for her in my home, even with the help of … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Many Hospice Workers Lack Their Own End-of-Life Directives

Dear Bebe, Hospice workers come into contact with people who are dying every day. I read recently that many of them don’t even have their own advance medical directives. Is this true? Seems like a no-brainer to me! Noah … [Read more...]

Hospice Care for Healthier Patients. . . Something Isn’t Right!

Linda Rodgers was shocked to see her father in so much pain when she visited him at his hospice facility. In a letter she wrote to the editor of USA Today, she described how her father had his pain controlled by medication while … [Read more...]

Hospice Care For Mom? But, She Isn’t Dying.

Q. My mother, Roxanne, 76, has suffered from lung disease for ten years. She still has her wits about her, and spends her days knitting, reading historical novels, and sipping tea. Recently, her doctor recommended hospice care, … [Read more...]