Caring for a Loved One with an Advanced Illness

Watching a loved one suffer from a chronic or advanced illness can be very difficult. We hope the resources in this section will provide some answers on what is happening during your loved one’s illness and what you can expect as your loved one nears the end of life.


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Understanding Pediatric Hospice

Understanding Pediatric Hospice Can Be Confusing. We want to make it a bit easier by explaining what it is so you can understand what this kind of care includes and how it may benefit you and your ill child.

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Top 5 Myths About Hospice Care

Hospice care is for patients with a condition that gives them less than six months to live. Read the top 5 myths people have about the treatment option.

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The Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care

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?

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Is Hospice Care Right for Your Loved One with Dementia?

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.

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Does Medicare Cover Hospice Care?

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.

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What to Say to a Loved One Who is Dying

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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Helpful Tips for Describing Pain

Pain is very subjective, and it is essential to recognize that no two people experience pain in the same way. This article will provide helpful tips on getting a loved one to describe their level of pain.

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Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and You

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), also known as Heart Failure, is when your heart gets damaged and is not pumping enough blood to meet your body's needs. Learn more.

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Warning Signs of Dementia

Dementia can be a scary word. Learn about the early warning signs and what to do if you're noticing symptoms.

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9 Tips for Visiting Someone in Hospice

There are things you can do to bring comfort and joy to a person in hospice. We pulled together the following tips from the hospice nurses, social workers, and clergy at MJHS Health System.

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