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Hospice Workers Adapt To Provide End-Of-Life Care Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

DETROIT ― The COVID-19 pandemic is wrenching people apart and forcing them to communicate from afar, creating chasms of isolation for families who have lost, or are about to lose, a loved one ― whether it’s due to the disease or other causes.  “It’s one of the heartbreaking things about this,” said Marti Coplai, chief […]

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End-of-life care not ‘culturally competent’

Media playback is unsupported on your device A study has been launched to try to boost the number of black and Asian people using end-of-life care services. Figures suggest black and Asian patients are 20% less likely to seek palliative help than their white counterparts. There is concern they feel excluded by the way the […]

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6 End-of-Life Care Options to Know If You or a Loved One Is Sick

No one wants to think about end-of-life care for themselves or a loved one. But when it comes down to it, end-of-life care is another important way of looking after a person’s health both mentally and physically. “It’s about finding the right fit and putting a team in place to help you achieve your goals,” […]

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Alzheimer's Disease: Anticipating End-of-Life Needs

In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, caregivers often focus on keeping loved ones safe and comfortable. As the disease progresses, however, you might face difficult end-of-life questions. When is it time to choose comfort care over lifesaving care for your loved one? When does medical care merely prolong a person's dying? Here's help considering […]

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Let down by 'agonising' end-of-life care

Staff shortages and inadequate training mean that end-of-life care for elderly people is often unacceptable, a leading expert has warned. Andrea Sutcliffe, of the Care Quality Commission, told the BBC every nursing home needed to be capable of supporting people at the end of their lives. Her call follows complaints from some relatives that their […]

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Court backs agreed end-of-life decisions

Legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state, the Supreme Court has ruled. It will now be easier to withdraw food and liquid to allow such patients to die. When families and doctors are in agreement, they will be able to remove feeding tubes without applying […]

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Palliative Sedation, An End-of-Life Practice That Is Legal Everywhere

By Michael Ollove Toward the end, the pain had practically driven Elizabeth Martin mad. By then, the cancer had spread everywhere, from her colon to her spine, her liver, her adrenal glands and one of her lungs. Eventually, it penetrated her brain. No medication made the pain bearable. A woman who had been generous and […]