Hospice Aides and Nursing Assistants: On the Front Lines of Healthcare

When a patient with an advanced illness is ready to start the conversation about hospice, one concern inevitably arises: Where will I receive care? VITAS® Healthcare has over 40 years of experience providing hospice care that focuses on improving quality of life, and we’ve found that most patients fare best where they’re already most at ease: in their home. Choosing Home over Hospital Studies show that more than 70% of people would prefer to die

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common chronic, progressive, neurologic disease, behind only Alzheimer’s. Due to a dramatic increase in the age of our population, genetics, and environmental factors associated with an increased risk for the disease, many physicians believe that we may be on the cusp of an emerging pandemic. Parkinson’s is a disease of the central nervous system that touches almost every aspect of daily living, including movement, mood, speech, eating and drinking,

Consider this Scenario…

A patient is seen by her physician every month; she complains of weight loss and confusion. She is given referrals to specialists and told to follow up. Month after month; the same story. The referrals sit in her purse because she can’t figure out how to navigate the phone tree at the specialists’ offices. The weight loss and confusion continue, month after month. She’s lost over 50 pounds in 5 months and she now cannot

An Intergenerational Approach to Adult Day Services

ADS Centers offer meals, socialization, and daily activities such as exercise, bingo, music, and art projects that are directed towards clients’ needs and cognitive abilities. In turn, you as a caregiver receive respite during the day to work, attend to household tasks, or rest knowing that your loved one is being cared for by qualified staff in a safe, secure, enriching environment. Many ADS Centers have a registered nurse on duty who can distribute medications

Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Do you or your loved one have a serious medical condition? Examples of such conditions include advanced heart, lung or kidney disease, cancer, liver failure, Parkinson’s and dementia. Have your or a loved one been told you are moving close to the end of life? Such patients often want to make very clear their wishes regarding the type of care they want to receive, or do not want to receive, if their condition progresses. There

Alzheimer’s or Other Dementia Increases Likelihood of Chronic Conditions

People with Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people. Almost two- thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s or other dementia’s are more likely than those without dementia to have other chronic conditions. • More than 85 percent of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s have one or more other chronic conditions. • Cardiovascular diseases are common chronic conditions among people with