Articles on "Hospice"

Coping with Alzheimer’s in a Hospice
December 21, 2005 12:00 am

Coping with Alzheimer’s in a Hospice

As an engineer, Jose-Luis Montiel dedicated most of his professional life to improving public works and the highway system in his native Nicaragua. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in civil engineering, Mr. Montiel returned to Nicaragua. His experience developing infrastructures led to a unique opportunity late in his career. When Mr. Montiel transitioned to development banking, his new career path led him and his entire family to the United States. In 1969, Mr. Montiel […]

December 21, 2005 12:00 am

How To Find Hospice Care

Understanding hospice care Hospice is a concept of care not, as some may think, a specific place. It involves a special system of supportive services, including pain and symptom management, social services, and emotional and spiritual support for the terminally ill and their families. The hospice objective is to promote the quality of life remaining. A patient and family may turn to hospice care when the goals of patient care have switched from curing to comforting. Any individual of any […]

Watching the Azaleas Bloom: Independent Living
August 31, 2005 12:00 am

Watching the Azaleas Bloom: Independent Living

Vesta Brown and her husband built their home in Kensington, MD “paycheck to paycheck and board by board,” says their daughter, Sonnie Sussillo. The couple moved to the area in the late 40s, and raised their two children in the house they built. The family has been here ever since. Shortly after moving, Mrs. Brown, who grew up on a farm in South Carolina, started growing azaleas. When the bushes began to flourish, the couple started a small business selling […]

Keeping the Spark Alive: Hospice Care
August 31, 2005 12:00 am

Keeping the Spark Alive: Hospice Care

93-year old Margaret Miskovich endured a terrible fall that broke both her legs and left her extremely frightened. Margaret was also suffering from dementia with varying degrees of lucidity. She was residing in a long-term care facility in northern Virginia. Despite the best efforts of the community staff members, managing Margaret’s pain and easing her fears was becoming more difficult. “Pain management had been a constant struggle,” said Margaret’s daughter-in-law, Robbie. So was the relatively simple act of changing the […]

August 30, 2005 12:00 am

Geriatric Care Managers Can Help!

Ann and Stefan Hoffer were both working full-time at the Federal Aviation Administration and raising two teenage boys when Stefan’s father passed away and his mother moved in to their home. Mrs. Hoffer had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but Ann and Stefan did not realize how far the disease had progressed until she came to live with them. The couple sought assistance with Mrs. Hoffer’s care from several home care agencies. Unfortunately, they found that the home care providers were […]

March 1, 2005 12:00 am

Choosing a Hospice Care Provider

Once you have decided that Hospice is the right care option for you or your loved one, there are a number of issues to address before choosing a specific program or provider. The best way to find a quality hospice provider is through a recommendation from a friend, family member, or health care professional-such as a social worker or hospital discharge planner. While deciding on the program that is right for your family, look into any accreditations, certifications, or licensures […]

Hospice: It’s About Living
January 10, 2005 12:00 am

Hospice: It’s About Living

Everyone can identify a defining moment in their life. Mine came the day my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Although she had battled multiple sclerosis for many years, my mother was committed to having a family. Against all odds, she was able to conceive her only child, something that the medical community considered a miracle. Unable to deal with the stresses of an ailing wife and a young child, my father left us. Faced with raising me on her own, […]

Finding Comfort and Support in a Hospice
December 30, 2003 12:00 am

Finding Comfort and Support in a Hospice

“I have been living everyday since the cancer spread to my spine and back like it is the last day of my life. I want all of you to remember that life is short; you do not know what is going to happen to you tomorrow. Keep a positive outlook and enjoy the little things that make you happy.” -Letter written by Michael Schrodel to be read at his funeral. Facing life as a widow and single mom at age […]

An Expert Finds the Help She Needs: Hospice Care
December 30, 2003 12:00 am

An Expert Finds the Help She Needs: Hospice Care

A nurse practitioner and a nursing instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, Regina Missett knew what she wanted from an in-home caregiver. Mrs. Missett has been teaching nursing for over 30 years and always looks forward to the student contact. Of teaching in the Northern Virginia Community College free healthcare network clinics, Mrs. Missett relates, “The clinic system affords us the opportunity to provide excellent nursing care to patients without some of the constraints encountered in more traditional hospital settings. […]

September 4, 2003 12:00 am

Hospice Pulls the Community Together

She called the Hospice Caring office in tears. Her doctor said three to six months. This was the beginning of an almost year-long relationship with Diane (not her real name), a young mother of two and wife to a man who had just recently found work again after having lost his job six months earlier in one of those all-too-common layoff situations. Diane wanted to continue curative care in the hope that something would stop the breast cancer, or at […]