Hospice Care

I have learned a great deal about Hospice care recently because of my parents having to make the decision to put my grandmother on it. My grandmother's health declined within the last month. She had been living with my mother and father for the past 13 years. She was quick witted, knew about current events, and was able to care for herself with little help. She loved to watch Judge Judy and do cross word puzzles. She was able to carry on a conversation without a problem. Around the end of June, her [...]

By |2015-09-21T14:39:33-04:00October 9th, 2015|Blog, Hospice|

Death With Dignity

I am currently in Salt Lake City, Utah on a family vacation.  I came across an article in the Salt Lake City Tribune about a professor from the Univeristy of Utah who has waged a battle to stay alive since his devastating bike accident several years ago.  The same professor was recently profiled in the New York Times.  The article adds to the growing debate on the Death With Dignity Act which is currently pending in the New Jersey state legislature. Brook & Peggy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56725058-78/brooke-peggy-hopkins-says.html.csp

By |2015-05-05T10:51:00-04:00August 19th, 2013|Aging, Blog, Caregiver, Health Law, Hospice|

New Hospice Face-to-Face Requirement: Help or Hindrance

New Hospice Face-to-Face Requirement: Help or Hindrance Posted by: Jerold E. Rothkoff Posted Date: Sunday, May 8, 2011 09:04 Eligibility for Medicare coverage of hospice care is contingent in part upon a hospice physician certifying that the beneficiary has a life expectancy of six months or less if the terminal illness runs its normal course.   In an effort to promote physician engagement in the process of certifying patients as eligible for the Medicare hospice benefit, Congress amended § 1814(a)(7) of the Social Security Act, by § 3132 of the [...]

By |2015-05-05T11:20:09-04:00May 8th, 2011|Blog, Hospice|

Medicare Hospice Benefits

Some dates in history are easily recognized -- take July 4, 1776, for example -- and their anniversaries are rightly celebrated centuries later. Other dates, however, receive little fanfare. September 3, 2007 will be the 25th anniversary of the Medicare Hospice Benefit being signed into law. During a previous column, I talked about the benefits of receiving hospice care. Now, I wanted to return to this subject and discuss what Medicare covers with reference to these benefits. Carol Paprocki has been a member of the hospice community for over [...]

By |2015-05-05T13:04:29-04:00July 19th, 2007|Blog, Caregiver, Hospice, Medicare|

The Basics of Hospice Care

Death is a subject that we often don’t want to think or talk about. As a Western society, we tend to be “death-averse.” But as caregivers, we’ve invested so much of our physical and emotional selves to the care of our loved ones that to face their impending passing may pose a threat to our whole role as caregivers. We’re dealing with the here and now, the day-to-day tasks; so to even think about “death” means that we’re not able to “fix” or “cure” our loved ones’ current medical [...]

By |2015-05-05T13:06:35-04:00June 10th, 2007|Blog, Caregiver, Hospice|