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Hospice is an emotional, often overwhelming process. Our experience has provided us with a compassionate understanding of the unique elements that families face. Check back often for observations that can make a difference.

Bereavement Support for Families and Loved Ones

Coping with the loss of a loved one is a particularly difficult situation. Faith Presbyterian Hospice not only provides social, psychological and spiritual support for patients, but also for family members of all ages. “A lot of our support is educational in nature,” explains Valerie Sanchez, director of bereavement and integrated therapies at Faith. “We …

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Bereavement Support for Patients

In addition to the physical discomforts of terminal illness, many hospice patients face severe emotional strain. Approaching the end of life is a heart-wrenching process, so patients require strong social, psychological and spiritual support as they endure their final days or months. “Our hospice program is designed to ease the grief, loneliness, regrets and fears …

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The Other Side of Loss

The fall Issue of The Other Side of Loss is now available.  This is a newsletter from our bereavement team and has the upcoming events and activities for the fall and winter.  There’s a list of all the community support groups as well as information on Faith Kids and Camp Faith.  You can read the newsletters …

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Best Practices in End-of-Life Care

The T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center is pleased to be hosting the Best Practices in End-of-Life Care seminar provided by Seniors Blue Book and Acappella In Home Care.  This event will be held on November 3, 2017 from 7:15 am to 4:20 pm and includes CNE/CEU hours for nurses and social workers. …

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Benefits of a Hospice Center

A core component of hospice care is the firm commitment to nurturing patients and their families. With this goal in mind, it’s important to understand the two types of patients hospice centers typically serve: Individuals on a general inpatient level of care. These patients can only receive care within an inpatient setting. Care can also …

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You’ve Earned Your Medicare Benefit and It Includes Hospice

Medicare is a federal insurance program that caters to people over the age of 65, helping them cover a vast array of medical services. The program’s hospital insurance component, Medicare Part A, not only covers inpatient hospital stays, but also skilled nursing and nursing home care, home health services, and hospice care. “The beautiful thing …

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The Difference Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Hospice

Like many other fields, the American hospice care landscape is comprised of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. While both categories of providers specialize in end-of-life care, the two differ in terms of their financial structures and goals. According to John Mezo, executive director at Faith Presbyterian Hospice, the main difference between for-profit and nonprofit hospice …

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Why Do Patients Leave Hospice Care?

According to Dr. Alexander Peralta, chief medical director at Faith Presbyterian Hospice and the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center, two of the most common reasons hospice patients are discharged are: Disease stabilization or remission Pursuit of holistic and integrated therapies Disease Stabilization or Remission In some instances, patients with a terminal diagnosis …

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The Hospice Experience

A Holistic Approach to Care Hospice care is designed to ensure that a patient experiences a peaceful, dignified, pain-free journey in a setting of their choice during their final months or weeks of life. This is achieved by addressing the four major domains of suffering for those with terminal, acute or chronic diseases, namely: Physical …

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