Can You Opt for Hospice Care Even if You Are Not Dying?

Erica Manfred, 80, suffers from lung cancer and COPD.  She lives alone, about 1,500 miles away from her only living relative – her daughter. Her friends are all older too, and have their own health concerns, so it would be a last … [Read more...]

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Jimmy Carter Enters Hospice Care — What That Really Means!

Former US President Jimmy Carter, 98, is both the oldest living and longest-lived US president. Recently, after a series of short hospital stays, he announced that he will spend his remaining time at home with his family and … [Read more...]

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“Hospice Nurse Julie” Dispels Myths about Death and Dying to Over a Million Followers on TikTok

Julie McFadden is a TikTok-famous hospice nurse with 1.1 million followers. She loves her job because she helps people find peace in death, and she uses her social media presence to share her knowledge on the subject. Julie has … [Read more...]

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Hospice is Not a Death Sentence: What Happens When Someone Graduates from Hospice?

U.S. Army veteran, Iwao Nagata, was under hospice care for a year. At 94, he couldn’t remember conversations, his legs started getting weak, and he started falling frequently. Things went downhill fast for Iwao. He was frustrated, … [Read more...]

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Does Morphine Hasten Death?

Q. My mother is 82 and has dementia. Her condition has gotten worse and hospice has been suggested. I have heard that hospice often involves administering morphine to the patient to make them more comfortable. Does morphine hasten … [Read more...]

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Hospice and Palliative Care are Essentially the Same Thing—Why is Hospice Covered While Palliative Care Is Not?

Q. I recently read about hospice and palliative care and now I’m thoroughly confused. They sound like exactly the same thing, but offered at different times. Why is hospice covered by Medicare and Medicaid, when palliative care is … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Do Veterans Benefits Cover Hospice and Palliative Care?

Dear Oakley,My uncle, who is a U.S. Navy veteran, has a chronic illness. His family is considering hospice or palliative care. I am wondering if either of these are covered by the VA. Thanks for your help!Pali … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Virginia and Washington, DC Both Earn ‘A’ on National Palliative Care Report Card

Dear Magic,I recently read that the state of Virginia and Washington, DC both received an ‘A’ grade for their palliative care offerings. Can you explain the difference between palliative care, hospice care, and end-of-life … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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