Ask the expert: What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a relatively new medical subspecialty that helps patients who are living with a serious illness. Its recognition is growing, but people are still confused about what it is and how it differs from hospice care. Jennifer Ritzau, MD, director of palliative care and medical director at HopeHealth, shares five facts to know … Read More

When public figures choose comfort care at end of life

In recent months, America has witnessed three public figures choose comfort care in their last days of life: Barbara Bush, Aretha Franklin and Senator John McCain. Although we don’t know exactly when during the course of their illness they chose to suspend curative treatment, we do know that each of them wanted to spend their … Read More

The dementia care plan: helping your family today and long-term

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating reality for so many families. There is currently no cure, and the stress that comes with full-time caregiving can be staggering. Family caregivers often wonder about things like: What will I do if something happens to me? How much does home care cost? What if I don’t have any money? How can I keep my family member safe? What about driving issues? It’s a harsh reality for caregivers to realize that, had they initiated the care planning process sooner, more options for care might have been available to them.

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