Holding Onto Hope

Posted by Hospice by the Bay on Fri December 13, 2013 in Caregivers

By Mary Knecht, Social Services Team Leader “If you knew that hope and despair were paths to the same destination, which would you choose?” — Robert Brault, musician and writer Many believe that choosing hospice care means giving up hope. However, even though a patient’s curative treatments are discontinued in favor of palliative care, hope […] Read more »

Call Hospice Sooner: Your right to six months or more of care

Posted by Hospice by the Bay on Tue December 3, 2013 in Studies and Research

Hospice can seem like a difficult decision to those patients and families who aren’t aware that expert pain and symptom management combined with a team-approach to personalized care can markedly improve a terminal patient’s quality of life. Once they experience the many benefits of Hospice by the Bay’s support, they often tell us, “We really […] Read more »

Congressman Gets First-hand Look at Hospice Care in Nursing Facilities

Posted by Hospice by the Bay on Tue November 26, 2013 in Advocacy

At Hospice by the Bay, we are committed to caring for patients wherever they call home. For some, that’s a skilled nursing facility, where hospice’s specialized support and expertise enhances the custodial care by facility staff. Unfortunately, some Washington lawmakers may make hospice care in nursing facilities a target in upcoming Medicare budget cuts. On […] Read more »

How Doctors Face Death and Dying

Posted by Hospice by the Bay on Tue November 26, 2013 in Caregivers

When it comes to mortality, we are all traveling the same road, even doctors. An intriguing article in The New York Times takes a closer look at how physicians are approaching their own advance care planning, terminal diagnoses and end-of-life decisions. “How Doctors Die: Showing Others the Way,” opens up yet another door into the […] Read more »

Coping During the Holidays

Posted by Hospice by the Bay on Sun November 10, 2013 in Grief Support

When grieving the loss of a loved one, making it through the holiday season can be particularly stressful, especially when you’re surrounded by messages that insist we should “be merry.” Lauren Kenney, Hospice by the Bay’s Grief Bereavement Services Manager, has compiled an excellent list of suggestions to help ease your stress. Here are just […] Read more »

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