ElderCarelink Blog

Videos educate patients about end-of-life decisions

by Dorian Martin
January 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am

We’ve become a society that learns via video. Want to learn how to knit? There are videos for that. Want to learn physics? A quick web search can locate videos to help in that area as well. Videos may also offer a good way of educating terminally ill patients about their choices regarding end-of-life care, as shown in a study posted on the National Cancer Institute website.

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Can medical staff offer spiritual end-of-life support for your loved one?

by Dorian Martin
January 9th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Reaching the end of life can be very difficult for elders, yet these individuals can be comforted through medical, psychological and spiritual support. For example, hospice and palliative care plans are designed to supplement medical treatment and provide peace, comfort and dignity. In a recent study, most patients considered spiritual care an important part of the end-of-life treatment; however, few received this type of support.

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Palliative care: Fewer ER trips for elders?

by Dorian Martin
January 2nd, 2013 at 10:00 am

Palliative care services continue to get good marks for improving care at the end of an elder’s life. Seniors in long-term care situations who received palliative care had significantly fewer visits to the emergency room and less depression, according to a new study from two Harvard Medical School affiliates — the Hebrew Senior Life’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and the Institute for Aging Research.

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Palliative care eases elders’ discomfort from serious illnesses

by Dorian Martin
May 2nd, 2012 at 10:22 am

I first heard the term “palliative care” when my brother was caring for his wife, who had lung cancer. My brother thought that this type of care was very beneficial for his wife during her final days so I thought it would be helpful to learn more and share it with you.

So what is palliative care? According to GetPalliativeCare.org, this type of care “is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.”

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