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Hospice Care
An examination of hospice care and its benefits and challenges associated with treating terminal diseases.
# 128768 | 2,504 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 06, 2010 in Medical and Health (General)

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The paper examines the hospice care community and explains that hospice care ensures quality care and pain management for individuals who have terminal illnesses. The paper looks at the provision of hospice care in the U.S. and at its advantages for the patient's family and caregivers. The paper considers the challenges faced by hospices that include the ethical and financial considerations associated with making the provision of quality end-of-life care. The paper explores common myths of hospice care and also looks specifically at hospice care in Santa Cruz County, California.

The Provision of Hospice Care in the U.S.
Importance of Hospice Care For Patient and Families
Challenges Faced by Hospice Care
Common Myths of Hospice
Ethical Challenges to Hospice Care
Hospice Care in Santa Cruz County, California
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Hospice care is becoming more relevant in our society as terminal diseases become a more significant cause of death. This is the reason why it is important to understand the community involved in hospice care and its history. The Hospice Foundation of American states that one out of every three individuals in the United States choose hospice care when they are dying. Hospice care is "a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families." (Hospice Foundation of America, 2008) Hospice care is an option for individuals with a life expectancy of six months or less however, hospice care may continue longer than only six months but requires certification by a physician. Hospice care does not prolong life and as well, it does not hurry death. Hospice care is characterized by workers with specialized knowledge of medical care, which includes the management of pain. The goal of hospice care as stated by the Hospice Foundation of America is to "improve the quality of a patient's last weeks, days and hours by offering comfort and dignity." (2008)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Doka, Kenneth J. (2005) Facing Illness and Loss: Caring for Someone Who is Dying. Hospice Foundation of America, Caregivers Corner. Online available at: http://www.hospicefoundation.org/hospiceInfo/dearabby/caring.asp
  • Hospice Foundation of America1621 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300Washington, DC 20009(800) 854-3402www.hospicefoundation.org
  • Choosing Hospice (2008) The Hospice Foundation of America. Online available at: http://www.hospicefoundation.org/hospiceInfo/dearabby/default.asp
  • Vitez, Michael (2006) Hospice leader outlines challenges to end-of-life. Philly.com 17 Mar 2006. Online available at: http://www.hospicevolunteerassociation.org/HVANewsletter/Vol2No2_2006Mar17_NHPCOleaderOutlinesChallengesToEOLcare.pdf
  • Naierman, Naomi and Turner, Jo. Demystifying Hospice AAPA News, July 15, 1997

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