...self care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice provides comfort care for terminally ill patients with six months or less to live. People who receive hospice care typically do not receive curative treatment for their underlying disease.

Palliative care is symptoms management for anyone with a serious illness. It can be provided at any age and any stage of an illness, along with curative treatment. Palliative care is not dependent on prognosis.

Palliative care normally addresses issues related pain, discomfort, nausea, appetite or weight loss, shortness of breath, depression, confusion, weakness, and sleep problems.


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