The Importance of Having “The Talk”

No, I am not referring to the Birds and the Bees. I am talking about the importance of discussing end of life issues. Why is this conversation so difficult for us to approach with our loved ones? The topic of death and dying takes us into uncomfortable territory. It can be scary and sad. It often brings back painful memories or emotions. Some find it easier to keep these thoughts and feelings inside, rather than

Taking Care of Grandpa

Growing up in Southern Colorado, every summer my grandparents would pick up me and my siblings for a trip to their cabin in Creede. My grandfather is a World War II veteran whose birthday just happens to fall on July 6, so we’d celebrate the country he loves and his birthday all in the same week. This year, my grandfather turned 97 years old. He says his years at the cabin are over, although he’d

End-of-Life Care – Start the Conversation Today

The final chapter of our lives can be filled with difficult and emotional decisions. A rapid decline in health or an emergency can prompt family members and health care professionals to have to make critical end-of-life care choices. Our personal intentions can get lost during these often-hurried situations. According to a survey conducted by The Conversation Project, 90 percent of Americans believe talking about end-of-life care with loved ones is important, yet 27 percent of

What Hospice Truly Is

Imagine a team of professionals whose greatest concern is your complete comfort. Imagine being empowered and supported to have the conversations you’ve always wanted to have. Imagine that pain is no longer involved in your decision-making process. Imagine this is all available to you, a benefit for whenever it’s needed. This is hospice. Misunderstood and often not taken advantage of, hospice has become thought of as “where you go to die”. When actually hospice is

The Myths of Hospice Care: What You Need to Know

When many hear the term “hospice care,” they are understandably apprehensive. The final months of a loved one’s life can be very difficult, but hospice care is a valuable resource that assuages some of these challenges and brings comfort to patients and their families. Here are a few myths (and facts) surrounding hospice care, so you can make the right choice for your loved one when the time comes: MYTH: HOSPICE CARE IS LIMITED TO

Differentiating Palliative and Hospice Care

Palliative and hospice care are often interpreted as being synonymous but there are many differences between the two specialty healthcare services. Palliative care is supportive care for patients with advanced illnesses and provides treatment for symptoms even when the underlying disease cannot be cured. Anyone with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy, can receive palliative care. The goal of a palliative care treatment plan is to achieve the best quality of life for patients