For many people, the idea of hospice care lasting more than a few days or weeks seems counterintuitive. That’s because all too often, patients are already in steep decline, if not actively dying, when they are admitted for care. Therefore, many people have been conditioned to think that hospice care, which is a Medicare benefit, […]
All of us get concerned and worried when our loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. As the disease progresses, we notice signs that specialized care, such as hospice or palliative care, may be needed. We hate to think our loved one is getting worse, so we may keep telling ourselves this is just […]
Kelly Cahill, Community Nurse Educator, wants to help keep you safe from falls, which result in injuries for hundreds of thousands of older adults each year. Get her tips for safeguarding your home and other ways to keep you safe. Hello, my name is Kelly Cahill and I’m a Community Nurse Educator at Lower Cape […]
There are many myths about hospice care. Often, these misconceptions keep people and their loved ones from getting the care and support they need at a time when they need it most. Being informed is the first step in making complex healthcare decisions and in experiencing the improved quality of life that hospice care offers […]
Hospice and Palliative Care can help you keep your loved one at home during the holidays. As the song goes: “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” Surrounded by family and friends, celebrating the season, sharing meals and memories – home is where the heart is. Many times, people put off making the […]
Fall Prevention Awareness Week in September puts the spotlight on the dangers of falls and fall-related injuries for older adults. Millions of those 65 and older fall each year, and statics for falls and fall-related injuries are eye-opening. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC): Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. Falls […]
When it’s time for hospice or palliative care, it can be difficult to make a decision from the myriad of choices facing you. All hospice providers are different, so it can be hard to decide which one to choose. Start by looking for these 7 qualities in any provider.
While all of our patients are special, we have a deep feeling of gratitude and admiration toward the men and women who have served our country. If you’re a veteran, you may not be aware of the hospice and palliative care benefits offered through the VA, and so we wanted to provide this basic guide […]
At Lower Cape Fear Hospice, we realize that “freedom isn’t free.” It’s only through the noble service and sacrifice of men and women in our military that we are able to have so many blessings. This deep, heart-felt gratitude is one reason that we provide extensive benefits geared toward veterans. Hospice provides a dedicated social worker, veteran volunteers and is partnered with the We Honor Veterans program. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of each program and how Hospice can help the veteran in your life.
Your parents are an instrumental part of who you are. From your first steps across the living room floor to your steps of achievement across the stage at graduation, your parents have watched you grow and have contributed to elements of your personality. Perhaps you never even realized the extent of this dedication until you became a parent yourself. When a parent is facing a life-limiting illness, it’s difficult to process the emotions surrounding the event. During times like this, we find that it is important to capture your parent’s legacy. We’ll show you how and provide some wonderful ideas.