Campaign for Nursing's Future - Hospice Nurses - YouTube Thank you Johnson&Johnson for this nice tribute to hospcie nurses
End of Life: Burdensome transitions Joan Teno, MD provides a cogent and brief (less than 2 minutes) description of how the current payment system encourages nursing homes to send patients back to the hospital causing burdensome transitions, rather than allowing them to stay in place and be comfortable.
End of Life: Burdensome transitions - YouTube Moving elderly patients back and forth from hospital to nursing home results in poor outcomes and is usually inconsistent with the patient's goals. Unfortunately, the financial incentives are set up to encourage just that.
"Lessons for the Living" reveals a unique subculture of hospice volunteers as they reflect on their experiences with the dying and their new-found philosophies of life and death... As the baby boomer generation enters its senior years, this film offers a timely look at what it means to face mortality.
Dying Wish: hospice ethics film
End-of-life conversation -- the most interesting part of this is what NOT to say to someone who is dying.
Death and Dying: What To Say To Someone Who Is Dying | eFuneral
I have my "Five Wishes" filled out and copies to my Primary Care Provider, Hospitals, and most importantly went through it with my husband who is my Medical Power Of Attorney (he speaks for me when I can't speak for myself). Have you filled out yours, or some type of living will. Please do so if you haven't.
Audrey Hepburn spent many years in Africa helping the helpless. Fashion passes in a wink, compassion lasts forever.
With so much focus on giving care, how do family and professional caregivers overcome the obstacles of helping those in need who are not happy and grateful about it
House Calls Are Making a Comeback It's wonderful to see good, interdisciplinary palliative care increasingly move our of the hospital and into the community. Honoring patient/family goals and wishes while reducing health care costs is a "win-win."
Smile! You've got cancer | Barbara Ehrenreich There is a lot of pressure on those with life threatening illness to have a positive attitude. But is that really helping them or just making it easier for those around them? This is a very interesting essay.
'We Sweat, Crave, and Itch All Day': Why Writing About Bodies Is Vital - Atlantic Mobile. -- language often fails us when we want to describe pain/suffering. And, "the nation of the well" are often not interested in reading the laments of "the nation of the wounded."