The diagnosis of a life-limiting illness is devastating. It creates emotions, issues and anxiety unequal to almost anything else in life. We also understand that for many families, beginning the conversation around end of life planning is a difficult discussion to begin. We hope this complete family discussion guide will help you start the conversation.
Planning for End of Life
Lower Cape Fear Hospice is about much more than advanced care planning and pain relief. It’s about celebrating everyday moments and allowing the chance for you or your loved ones to spend more time together enjoying the things you traditionally do as a family. Find answers to common questions about making a referral to hospice in this article.
When it’s time for hospice or palliative care, it can be difficult to make a decision from the myriad of choices facing you. All hospice providers are different, so it can be hard to decide which one to choose. Start by looking for these 7 qualities in any provider.
Palliative care improves quality of life by providing comfort and pain management to those of any age who have a serious illness. Your loved ones can qualify for palliative care no matter what age, no matter what stage of their serious illness while curative treatment is ongoing.
Only 10 percent of our patients take advantage of their full Medicare hospice benefits. The Medicare hospice benefit includes ALL medical care, equipment, medications and visits related to the diagnosis. Because many patients are unaware of available funding, we go the extra mile to help ensure you’re getting the most out of your hospice benefit. Learn more about all your medicare benefits in this article.
While all of our patients are special, we have a deep feeling of gratitude and admiration toward the men and women who have served our country. If you’re a veteran, you may not be aware of the hospice and palliative care benefits offered through the VA, and so we wanted to provide this basic guide […]
We believe there is special love and dignity associated with your home. You’re surrounded by cherished mementos and photographs of family members, each one bringing back memories of special occasions or that wonderful vacation.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice ensures that you can easily access hospice and palliative care resources from your home. We are the area’s longest operating nonprofit hospice, and we serve more than 6,000 families each year.
Continue reading to discover answers to the most common questions surrounding hospice and palliative care from home.
Your parents are an instrumental part of who you are. From your first steps across the living room floor to your steps of achievement across the stage at graduation, your parents have watched you grow and have contributed to elements of your personality. Perhaps you never even realized the extent of this dedication until you became a parent yourself. When a parent is facing a life-limiting illness, it’s difficult to process the emotions surrounding the event. During times like this, we find that it is important to capture your parent’s legacy. We’ll show you how and provide some wonderful ideas.
Mother’s Day. Father’s Day. Birthdays. Holidays.
These special occasions are supposed to be filled with joy and thanksgiving, but for those who have lost one or both parents, the events are tinged with unrelenting sadness and grief. These anniversaries serve as a constant reminder that those they loved are no longer by their side. When these dear people leave our lives, they leave a huge, empty space that no one can fill. Everyone processes grief in a different way, and there is no “right” way to go through it.
Hospice care should be considered for anyone with a life-limiting or terminal illness. It is not a place to go when you have given up or only for the last days of life. Hospice is a program that helps patients and their families live as fully, comfortably and independently as they can – when curative treatment is no longer possible.
A care team meets patients’ and families’ physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Patients and families need to take advantage of this entitlement to care and not wait until the last few weeks of life.