Caring for a Loved One with an Advanced Illness
Caring for someone suffering from a chronic or advanced illness can be very difficult.
Suddenly you become inundated with information and instructions. Everyone has a different opinion, but no one has the answer you want to hear. We understand.
MJHS Hospice is dedicated to guiding you through this process on your terms. The resources in this section are a compilation of questions frequently asked by caregivers. We hope that we can be a source of support and clarity during this challenging time.
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We want the best for our loved ones. This is why knowing the difference between palliative and hospice care and understanding which meets your loved one’s preferences is useful. While there are many misconceptions, neither palliative nor hospice care necessarily prolongs life, nor do they hasten death. So, what is the difference between the two?
Hospice care is an excellent way to ensure someone with advanced dementia receives the comforting, specialized care they need. This article will help you understand your hospice care options. We aim to offer you the support you need while navigating this next stage in the care of your loved one.
Does Medicare cover hospice care? It seems like a straightforward question. Unfortunately, many family members discover that it’s challenging to find a simple answer when they start researching the Medicare benefits their loved ones are entitled to. We hope we can help.
Hospice care can be an uncomfortable topic for many families. Find ways to ease the conversation with your loved ones today.
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The Torah is called Etz Chayim, a tree of life, because it provides values, ethics, and laws by which Jews are commanded to live. But how we die is also part of how we live. Below are some key examples from the Torah and what they teach us about dying.
Whether your reticence comes from anxiety, religious superstition, or fear of engaging with a morbid subject, experts advise everyone to consider these issues earlier rather than later. Some rabbis even encourage newly engaged couples to discuss advance care planning before their wedding and to revisit the topic when a child is born or around other lifecycle events. Read some tips on how to get this conversation going with your family members.
Traditionally, Jewish ethical wills contained several items, including burial instructions, debts and obligations to be paid, requests that family members carry on specific religious traditions, and blessings over the family. But modern ethical wills are less about accounting and instruction and more about imparting wisdom or wishes or simply reviewing one’s life.
Decisions concerning medical care in the final stages of life present a range of Jewish ethical and legal problems. While Jewish tradition maintains that human life is of infinite value and that its preservation overrides every other religious imperative, relieving pain and allowing for the soul’s peaceful departure are also well-established values. Learn More.
Patients are typically referred to hospice care when further medical treatment is not likely to reverse the course of their disease. The decision to choose hospice care is a personal one, as is the amount in which Jewish tradition informs one’s choices for end-of-life care. The following is a general overview of contemporary Jewish perspectives on the topic.
Navigating any stressful and significant situation requires effective communication and clear understanding. To help you better understand the various issues that may arise, both in a general and Jewish context, the list below explains the terms you are likely to encounter.
Visual art, music, and literature make the world we live in worthwhile. Enjoying the Arts enriches people's lives with dementia and gives them a creative outlet to express their emotions. Learn about the Role of Music and Art Therapy doe people with dementia.
Veterans deserve end-of-life support from a care team that knows how to support, uplift, and addresses their unique and unspoken needs. Unfortunately, the strength that served them so well when on active duty often prevents veterans from asking for help. Learn about how MJHS Hospice goes the extra mile for veterans in our program.