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HopeHealth’s Advanced Illness program provides palliative care to patients in the later stages of serious illness — right in the comfort of home.
If your loved one has dementia, music can be a powerful tool to connect with them, calm them, and support their activities of daily living.
If you’ve lost a loved one, your grief may feel particularly intense around the holidays. Here are tips to get through the season.
Over his military career, “Buzz” Tilton flew everything from fighter jets to transport planes. At age 92, his community and hospice team honored him with a veteran pinning ceremony.
It takes years of training to become a physical therapist. It also takes a lot of compassion. Meet one of our own, from HopeHealth’s home care team.
Spiritual care is about the whole self: body, mind and spirit. At the end of life, it can play a powerful role in mental health and well-being.
Kids and teens who are seriously ill often need to talk through their thoughts, questions and fears about death. Here’s how to create a safe space for them.
“I wish I had done this sooner.” We hear this a lot from dementia caregivers. They say it when they see their loved one’s face light up for a respite visitor. They say it when they learn a new way to soothe challenging behavior. They say it when they discover a community who truly understands Read More
Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, 19-year-old Neil chose to embrace life in every moment. By sharing his experience with hospice, his family hopes he can help others do the same.
Palliative care offers extra care, information and guidance for anyone living with a serious illness. Here’s how it helps with liver disease.
A young woman shares her experience with sudden loss, grief, and healing. “It is almost impossible to understand what grief is like until it happens to you,” she says.
As a long-time nurse, Joanne took care of countless people. At the end of her life, her husband and hospice team were honored to take care of her.
After losing both parents within just a few months, Jay needed help coping with his grief. Now, he’ll help kids and teens cope with theirs.
For people living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, palliative care means extra support for quality of life — theirs, and their family’s.
It’s one thing to witness dementia in someone you care for. It’s another to experience it, even briefly, for yourself. That’s where the Virtual Dementia Tour comes in.
For LGBTQ+ people, grief is often layered with additional stress and loss. Our LGBTQ+ Grief Support Group is a safe, inclusive place to heal.
Aphasia affects communication — and with it, social connection. These activities can support your loved one’s language goals, and keep them at the center of family fun.
From free respite care to expert advice, here’s how the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Program is helping two Massachusetts families — and how it could help yours.
In honor of Nurses Week, we spotlight our hospice nurse based in a Boston hospital. “So much love, so much meaning can happen in these end-of-life spaces,” she says.
During his partner’s months on hospice, Bob often thought, “I hope I can pay this forward someday.” As a HopeHealth volunteer, he’s done just that.
Occupational therapists help you overcome any barriers between you and your best life, including tips for your physical, mental, social and environmental well-being.
Legacy-making activities honor your unbreakable bond with your child, and celebrate everything you love about them. If your child is seriously ill, these keepsakes take on special meaning.
If you’re caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease, a support group offers information for navigating the disease, and a safe space to share your experiences.
“No matter how dire things seem, you can always make a difference in someone’s life.” Here’s what one college student learned from hospice volunteering.
In his 35 years at HopeHealth, Chief Medical Officer Edward W. Martin, MD, has changed this organization. And in return, it’s changed him. In this Q&A, he shares how.
For people living with a lung disease like COPD, palliative care means extra support for symptoms, and crucial information for the road ahead.
Choosing a hospice provider can feel like an overwhelming decision. Here’s a list of what to ask about, based on recommendations from Consumer Reports and caregiver experience surveys.
When you’re caring for a loved one with dementia, how can you also find energy to take care of yourself? A dementia caregiver shares tips and examples.
Social workers provide everything from emotional support to help with community and financial resources. Here’s how they fit into a hospice team.
If you or a loved one is living with heart failure, you don’t have to go it alone. Palliative care helps with everything from everyday questions to long-term plans.
Young people face unique challenges on their grief journey. HopeHealth’s Young Adult Grief Support Group, open to ages 18 to 35, offers a community who understands.
To his family and care teams, 1-year-old Rogan was known as Superman. By sharing his experience with pediatric hospice, his parents hope he can help other kids with serious illness.
Palliative care is an extra layer of care — but for many people living with cancer, this “extra” is essential. Here’s why.
In her eight years as a hospice aide, Darlene Morse has helped patients and families through their most vulnerable moments. “I feel honored to do this work,” she says.
HopeHealth shared stories of compassion and care through our blog in 2022. Here is a list of the top 5 stories our readers enjoyed.
A 90-year-old hospice volunteer reflects on 22 years of writing patients’ life stories and comforting families after loss. “My life has been enriched beyond words,” she says.
Pediatric patients can receive hospice services as an add-on to their other care, while still continuing treatments aimed at cure. Here’s why this extra layer of support is so important.
By focusing on gratitude, you can improve your mood, your outlook and even your quality of life. But like any habit, it takes practice. Here’s how to get started.
Student volunteers from Brown University have been sending thank-you letters to veterans at HopeHealth. Here’s what the letters mean to veterans, and to the students who write them.
Home care physical therapy meets patients in the intimacy of home, tackling the specific challenges of the environment where they live. A physical therapist shares what it’s like.
Denis Lynch was a silent monk for 16 years. Today, he’s a hospice chaplain. Here’s how his path led to HopeHealth, and the lessons along the way.
If you’re living with serious illness, palliative care can transform your life. But due to common myths, not enough patients understand how. Here’s what palliative care is — and isn’t.
Over 12 years, volunteer Nancy Reiser shared many gifts with patients and families: compassion, a generous spirit, boundless energy. At the end of life, she made a final gift that will last forever.
From learning to live safely with a chronic condition to getting back to 100% after an injury, physical therapy builds patients’ strength, skills — and confidence.
Kids with a parent, sibling or loved one on hospice need help coping with anticipatory grief, and preparing for what’s ahead. These activities can help.
Healthcare work is a special calling, with unique emotional demands. To support employees, HopeHealth launched Professional Pause. These monthly “well-being debriefings” use a simple, powerful technique to prevent burnout.
An inpatient hospice nurse opens up about his experiences at Hulitar Hospice Center, and what it means for patients and their families spending their final moments together.
Joy, comfort, connection: In 10 years as a HopeHealth volunteer, Dace Krasts of South County, RI, has seen the many sides of hospice care.
When you’ve lost someone special, your love for them continues. Where can you put that love? A grief expert shares ways to heal and feel connected after a death.
If your loved one is living with dementia, meaningful activities can help them feel connected, engaged and valued. Here are tips and ideas to get you started.
When Marsha Ireland was 36, she lost her husband and the father of her young children. In the wake of that loss, she found her calling as a grief counselor.
Caring for a loved one with dementia can often feel isolating – but you’re not alone. A dementia caregiver shares his top three pieces of advice, one caregiver to another.
Many patients with life-limiting illnesses can receive a palliative care consultation even if they aren’t ready for hospice. Understand how palliative care and hospice are similar yet different.
HopeHealth’s community educators aren’t just experts in serious illness. They have a personal stake in the courses they teach. Read about three of them, and the education they lead.
When a child is facing serious illness, they need a special approach to care – and their family does too. Pediatric hospice is here to help.
A music therapist who can play 30 instruments helps comfort children with life-threatening illnesses through HopeHealth’s palliative care program.
When your loved one is nearing the end of life, here are tips for what to say and do – and how to simply be present with them.
Bruce Willis’ diagnosis has raised new questions about aphasia, a communication condition that affects 2 million Americans, most over age 60. HopeHealth’s speech therapist shares answers.
Taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do as a caregiver. Caregiver support groups offer community, understanding and advice from people who’ve been there.
In honor of Nurses Week, we spotlight Trish Diorio, cardiac nurse specialist for HopeHealth Visiting Nurse. “The whole reason you go into nursing,” says Trish, “is to make a difference.”
Hospice volunteers share their unique gifts and personal touch to make a difference for patients. For Erin Hazlett and 96-year-old Ruth Rotenberg, simple companionship turned into a legacy project.
Here’s what you should know when your loved one no longer wants to eat or drink while receiving hospice care.
A new initiative brings HopeHealth clinical care teams together to talk about difficult cases they are encountering and to support each other.
Hospice care helps patients with heart failure avoid trips to the emergency room. Learn how this Medicare-covered benefit helps provide an extra layer of support to improve quality of life for people with advanced cardiac disease.
Guy Marini was inspired by what he learned from participating in a HopeHealth grief support group. So he wrote a children’s book about grief to honor his late wife’s memory and comfort his two grandchildren.
HopeHealth’s Circle of Love Dementia Care offers specialized care and resources for hospice patients with dementia and their families. Here’s what families should know about how and when a loved one is ready for hospice.
HopeHealth recaps its top 5 most popular blog stories of 2021. Topics included family love and empathy, end-of-life spiritual questions, the science of hospice care, pandemic myths and the nursing profession.
Children and teens struggle with complex emotions when a loved one has Alzheimer’s or dementia. A HopeHealth grief counselor offers parents guidance for parents to help their children cope.
A silly holiday card, exchanged between two households for 26 years, has becomes an unlikely source of grief support.
Home care patients manage chronic conditions, gain peace of mind and avoid hospitalization by learning to measure their own vital signs and check in with telehealth and remote monitoring nurse.
There’s an ideal time to ask about hospice or palliative care if you or a loved one has a life-limiting illness. Learn when it is and what to look for.
A certified nursing assistant shares why she loves working in home care as she approaches her 25th anniversary with HopeHealth Community VNA.
What does a palliative care nurse practitioner do? HopeHealth’s team of palliative care consultants help patients and families understand the prognosis and make informed decisions about their care. It all starts with active listening.
A hospice chaplain reveals how he guides end-of-life spiritual discussions and brings comfort to patients and families of all faiths and beliefs.
Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants who work in home health care help their patients develop strength and endurance. To honor their contributions to improving lives, October is National Physical Therapy Month.
Signs from a loved one who has died can be a normal part of grieving. Here are 5 stories of signs that brought comfort and healing.
HopeHealth physician Rebecca MacDonnell-Yilmaz, MD, MPH, writes about her experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant.
Carole thought her brother had weeks left to live after a serious illness. Then he started hospice and lived five more months. Learn why.
LGBTQ grief support group attendee shares about complicated grief and how support groups help.
HopeHealth’s Director of Clinical Outreach Services shares her personal experience of hospice: when a hospice aide cared for her dad.
Losing a parent can be a complicated grief journey. For Father’s Day, HopeHealth Grief Counselor Diane Lambert offers some advice to help you heal.
The role of a hospice aide is so vital at end of life. Read how Audrey Thomas, CNA, helps patients and families make the most of every day.
Edye De Marco’s choice to name HopeHealth a beneficiary of in lieu of flowers donations in memory of her husband made a lasting impact.
HopeHealth hospice care team members received many blessings during the time they spent with patient Gray Prior.
During Better Hearing & Speech Month, speech language pathologist Joni Hodges talks about using apps to adapt to working with her home care patients during a pandemic.
Meet four HopeHealth nurses who found their way to a rewarding career and never looked back.
Occupational Therapy Month celebrates OTs like Elizabeth Barr, who helps HopeHealth patients do the things they want and need to do to maintain independence and reach their goals.
HopeHealth volunteers adapted to virtual roles after the pandemic hit last year. Now they’ve started coming back to in-person volunteering — just in time for National Volunteer Week!
A return to normal after Covid-19 might not be easy for people coping with grief. Our grief support expert urges empathy and understanding for others as society opens up again.
HopeHealth medical director Dr. J. Russell Corcoran reflects on his good fortune to recover from the virus and to work on a great team of hospice and palliative care providers.
HopeHealth Visiting Nurse social worker Deirdre Marzano reaches into her “bag of goodies” to give patients something to talk about — advance directives.
In honor of Certified Nursing Day, HopeHealth applauds its nurses who make a commitment to stay on top of their clinical care skills.
Hospice social worker Sandi Romano has worked in her field for 47 years. Learn the pearls of wisdom she’s picked up along the way.
Hospice is a calling to bear witness and support families through the experience of losing a loved one. “I don’t think of hospice as a job. I think of it as my life’s work,” says Sheila Driscoll, RN, hospice float nurse. Find out why hospice nursing is so inspiring.
A career in home health nursing is professionally rewarding and personally meaningful. Find your calling at HopeHealth’s home care in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Inaccurate information shouldn’t be the reason you delay or decide against getting vaccinated. Learn the facts here.
HopeHealth nurse Austyn Joaquin, RN, BSN, didn’t hesitate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it became available to HopeHealth employees.
Errors on death certificates are a widely recognized problem. HopeHealth Medical Director Dr. Christine Nevins Herbert is committed to improving accuracy when she fills out this legal document. Because it’s personal.
Maddie Stepanian shares what serving as a hospice volunteer taught her about other cultures, walks of life and humanity itself.