end of life care

"While we are social distancing in our homes, it’s time to have that conversation that most of us have avoided ― or didn’t even know we needed to have."
The paperwork allows you to choose someone to make medical decisions for you in case of an emergency.
“A beautifully humanistic gift from a caring staff and family."
We were gathered at my grandmother's home for a final visit. Coming together for this was sad but it was also more joyful than I could have imagined. We sat with her and shared stories, photos, laughter.
I met Brenda when she decided to seek hospice care. In addition to kidney failure, she had numerous ailments including painful, golf-ball-sized sores throughout her body.
After his 34-year-old wife suffered a devastating asthma attack and later died, the Boston writer Peter DeMarco penned the
We have seen friends reduced to human vegetables being carted off for more chemotherapy. Why?
By Scott A. Irwin, MD, PhD, and Bradley T. Rosen, MD, MBA Palliative care is one of those subjects, like estate planning
It was an uneventful Thursday until my best friend called to say her mother had died unexpectedly. My friend and her brother
For hospice to succeed in bringing quality of life to the end of life, members of our hospice team work hard to meet people where they are emotionally.
End of life is fraught with the stuff of life, and that can include tense relationships between spouses, parents and children, siblings who may disagree on a parent's care or may harbor years of rivalries and resentments. With skill and compassion, VNSNY Hospice counselors and clinicians help foster healing communication at life's end.
On June 9th, 2016, California became the latest state to allow physician-assisted suicide. For all of the recent debate over legalizing physician-assisted suicide, one point often fails to be mentioned: Americans who choose to take lethal drugs will be unable to afford it.
My neighbor asked me to help her husband die peacefully at home. This was not a request to hasten his death. Distressed by his marked physical deterioration, she reached out to me knowing I am a geriatrics and palliative care physician.
As two weeks dragged by in the hospital it became clear that mom was both incapable and unwilling to try to rehabilitate