Hospice and Alzheimer's Disease
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(Dec 11, 2012)
More and more families are considering hospice as an excellent option to provide end of life care for Alzheimer’s patients.
This program, through a series of interviews with Gilchrist hospice staff, explores how hospice philosophy and services relate to the special needs of the Alzheimer's patient and family. Threaded through the program is one family’s experience, presented in a discussion guided by Dr. Rabins with a family caregiver.
Content includes: how the hospice decision is made; the benefits received by the patient once the decision is made; special considerations for the Alzheimer’s patient; advance directives and treatment limitations; comfort care; and the support hospice provides to family members. Information introduced is relevant for family caregivers; nursing home staff; hospice staff and students preparing to work with the elderly.
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