April 19, 2017

"My family knows what I want." 

"I want to die at home." 

"I want to be without pain." 

As a hospice social worker, I hear these comments time and time again.  But what do they really mean?  If these are our wishes, how do we ensure they are honored?

How will you stay...

On my first day as a volunteer for Hope Hospice, I visited a spirited patient named Martha.  Admittedly, I felt nervous when I inititally arrived.  Although my job as a CNA has exposed me to hospice, my experiences are limited.  I was afraid of saying the wrong thing,...

April 5, 2017

Discussing advanced care planning proves difficult for most.  Even doctors, some of our most trusted guardians for healthcare decisions, do not always feel comforatble starting these conversations.  So why is it so troublesome?  For a variety of reasons:...

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