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 […]

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.  […]

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.   […]

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 […]

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 […]