The Hospicare Blog

Learning to Be With the Dying

We live in a death-denying culture making it difficult to talk about death, to know how to be, and what to say, in the presence of the dying. My mother’s hospice team in Maryland were my first teachers not only about dying, but as it happens, about living too. I found all of my interactions…

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Five Steps for Advance Care Planning

Advance care directives are directions you give to your loved ones and medical professionals outlining your healthcare wishes in the event you are unable to articulate them yourself. If you haven’t yet shared your advance care wishes, follow these five steps to ensure your healthcare choices and desires are communicated to those who will make…

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We Are Doing Profound Work

by Lisa Schwartz, RN The first time I visited Hospicare was during a clinical rotation during my last semester of nursing school. As soon as I walked into the Residence, I knew how special it was and that one day I would work there.Three long years later, after going home to help my parents,then working…

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The Heart of Hospice Social Work

Learning the Wisdom of Humility by Jeff Collins I was a social worker for Hospicare for 22 years, and I truly feel these years at the agency have been a profound blessing. There are many facets to this sense of blessing, but I think the deepest and richest part has been the way it has…

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Fond Memories

A Long-time Hospicare Supporter Remembers the Early Years by Marlaine Darfler In early 2013 when I read an article about Hospicare’s 30th anniversary, it reminded me of my early experiences with the agency. I clearly remembered being 28 years old, pregnant with my first child, and sitting around a table in 1982 with an impressive…

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What Caregivers Can Expect from Hospicare

In poll after poll, Americans consistently say they want to die at home. Hospicare, like all hospices, is set up to help our patients do just that. When patients choose to receive our services, they immediately begin to receive care based on the principles of comfort, dignity and choice. This individualized patient- and family-centered care…

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Myths and Truths about Pain and Pain Medicine

by Eric Lessinger, MD As Medical Director of Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, I spent a considerable amount of time addressing issues related to pain and its treatment. Some people have deeply-held beliefs about pain medication which have little or no basis in reality, but which interfere with their willingness to take the drugs that…

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3 Reasons to Choose Hospicare As Soon As You Can

November is National Hospice Month when our nation recognizes the importance of professional, compassionate end-of-life care. Patients are eligible for hospice when a doctor has certified they have six months or less to live, yet, more than a third of Hospicare’s patients in 2015 only signed up for service in the last seven days of…

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Lucky 13th on August 13

Women Swimmin’ 2016 The 13th Annual Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare took place on Saturday, August 13, 2016—and luck was smiling down on us! The morning was warm and muggy, but rains held off until late in the day and the lake was calm for our swimmers. After gathering at Cass Park Rink at dawn, 320…

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I was a Designated Hugger

by Kira Lallas, LMSW As a bereavement counselor for Hospicare, part of my job is to reach out to loved ones of those who’ve died on hospice services. This can mean coming in to contact with all kinds of people, from many backgrounds, with a variety of needs and temperaments at a very vulnerable time…

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