October 5, 2018

Living with Dignity to the End

CarePartners Hospice social workers support patients and their families when they need it most Compassion. There’s no better way to describe how social workers with CarePartners Hospice operate. Whether they’re helping a patient transition from home care to assisted living or aiding a family in making final arrangements, they do it with kindness and empathy. […]

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September 27, 2018

A Parent’s Guide to Talking to Your Kids about Death

By the Mission Hospital Child Life Team Talking with anyone about death and the loss of a loved one is challenging – especially with the little ones. You might not realize how that conversation would go until it’s happening and you find yourself asking, “How do I tell my child?” While they may not fully […]

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August 29, 2018

Live Your Best Quality of Life: Choosing Hospice Early Improves Life for Most People

By Mike Parmer, DO, Medical Director As the Medical Director for postacute and palliative care services at CarePartners Hospice, the most common responses I hear from patients and families when I bring up the topic of hospice care is “Not yet” or “I am not ready for that.” This is a barrier to the best […]

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January 26, 2018

3 Reasons to Think about Hospice Early (Rather than Later)

The decision to choose hospice care is never an easy one. But for those facing a terminal illness – and for their families and loved ones – thinking about hospice earlier on can be beneficial. 1 – Making Life Meaningful “We have a certain taboo in our culture about talking about death,” said Michael D. […]

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September 27, 2017

Compassion in Action – Hospice Care Enhances End-of-Life Experience for Franklin Couple

Barbara Roberts’ lovely Franklin home is replete with charm, exemplified especially by a cheery sunroom bursting with orchids in various stages of growth. Her domestic environment, however, belies the stress she endured for several years recently. In 2010, Barbara became the caretaker for her husband of 31 years, Tom, after a sudden accident. The former […]

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August 17, 2017

What Is a Hospice Social Worker? Four Ways They Make Things Easier in Difficult Times

By Dylan Babb Community Outreach Manager, CarePartners A hospice social worker wears many hats. They have a role of far-reaching impact, drastically improving the lives of patients and family members. They also have a role of such diverse responsibility and detail, that many may be unclear as to what exactly a hospice social worker does. […]

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June 6, 2017

It’s Time to Talk – Have a Conversation with Your Family about an Advance Directive

An advance directive is essential in ensuring that you will have the medical treatment and quality of life you desire if you are an unable to make healthcare decisions for yourself. However, many people hold off getting an advance directive because of misconceptions, said Dylan Babb, Community Outreach Manager for CarePartners. The most common myths […]

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May 16, 2017

Six Things You May Not Know about Hospice Care

By Donald Dewhurst, MD Medical Director, CarePartners Home Care and Hospice – Angel Here are six facts about hospice care you need to know: Hospice care is not just for the terminally ill; in fact, hospice services can help patients and families manage care of a loved one with chronic health problems who remains at […]

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April 16, 2017

Advance Care Planning – Six Questions to Lead an Important Conversation

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) aims to help people across the U.S. understand the value of advance healthcare planning. For 2017, NHDD will be a week-long event, from April 16 to 22. NHDD exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. The theme for 2017 is “It […]

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April 4, 2017

Six Hospice Myths Debunked – Hospice Specialist Explains the Facts

By Dylan Babb Hospice providers are specialists who help patients with life-limiting illness get the best possible end-of-life care. Supporting someone through their final days is emotional for everyone involved, which can lead to mystery and misinformation. Here are six hospice myths dispelled. Myth: When someone starts hospice they are going to die soon.  Truth: […]

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