When Is It Time For Hospice?

Hospice Benefit in Last Months Hospice care is a benefit for individuals in their last months of life.  Hospice regulations say that if a physician’s best estimate is that the individual has 6 months or less to live if his or her disease follows its typical course, that person is eligible for hospice services.  Hospice […]

Life, Death, Hospice & Holidays

The Last Christmas I am reflecting this Christmas Eve on the people my hospice serves.  Most of our patients are celebrating the last Christmas they will ever have.  Families are poignantly aware that at this time next year, their loved one will not be with them.  I think that for some, this thought must be […]

Wings of Hope Hospice Staff

What is Palliative Care?

In presentations, I always describe ‘palliative care’ as a ‘fifty-dollar word for comfort care’’.  In truth, it means so much more, and I’m not sure I can do it justice.  A friend and colleague believes palliative care is the answer to all the woes of our health care system.  I agree with her.  It’s actually […]

Futile Care and Advance Directives

Futile Health Care The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘futile’ as ‘having no result or effect; pointless or useless’.  On a rainy day in November, after a week of early winter snow that has since melted, it is futile for me to mop my kitchen floor when three dogs continuously insist on going outdoors to play in […]