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Hospice Disease Education Treatment Information
Different groups of people have varying needs for education about the processes of terminal diseases. We respond to those needs with education services for:
- The patient. Changes brought on by terminal illness may cause anxiety or depression in your loved one. Knowing how life-limiting disease progresses may help him or her accept and pass through these transitions more easily. Illness-related events may arise any time of the day or night. Your nurse, social worker or chaplain will respond with appropriate care. We ease symptoms and communicate clearly with your loved one so he or she can understand what is happening to his or her body and what is likely to follow.
- The family. Terminal illness causes changes in your loved one that you and your family may not be prepared for. Any time you have questions, a hospice nurse or social worker will respond with the information you may need about the disease and what changes it will bring. You may want this at different times as illness progresses. Sometimes we provide education about coming events early in hospice care, while other times we provide education on what is happening to a loved one as they transition from one stage of illness to the next. Often families do not recognize that prolonging life is not the only response to terminal illness. We help you understand what a large impact hospice can have on quality of life and may reach out to you before you seek palliative care to suggest the move to hospice.
- Care staff. Staff at long-term care and other facilities may not be familiar with disease processes in patients under palliative care. We provide in-service sessions and education to teach them the appropriate responses to patient needs and support for families.
- Physicians. Many patients enter hospice with cancer, heart disease or pulmonary conditions. Physicians may want to maintain therapeutic care for these patients to extend life as long as possible. This option may not always be best for patients and their families. Many patients want to pass away at home surrounded by family. We communicate this desire to physicians in semiformal education sessions, where we provide them information about when and how to suggest to families that it may be time for hospice care.
- The community. Our speakers bureau serves as a community resource to teach the community about terminal illness, its progression and its treatment. Community education raises awareness about hospice and contributes to family decision-making.
Hospice Disease Education Locations & Physicians
For more information, please contact us at 866.272.5083.
Hospice Disease Education Support Services
Learning more about disease processes may help you understand what is happening to your loved one and assist you in your decision when or if you choose palliative care for your family member.
A Sampling of Hospice Disease Education Support Services
National Cancer Institute
This site includes extensive information about preparing for a loved one’s death from cancer.
Hospice Patients Alliance
This alliance explains how terminal illness and its progression may affect your loved one.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
This advocacy organization website hosts extensive education and other resources relating to hospice.
Hospice Foundation of America
The Hospice Foundation of America offers comprehensive information on hospice care as well as links to other resources.
Information about hospice care and extensive resources to aid caregiving for a person with a long-term or life-limiting illness are available on this website.
Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care
You can find information on hospice education and hospice services in Indiana on this site.
American Cancer Society
For hospice information specific to patients with cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association provides education and links to resources on its webpages about hospice care for patients with heart-related conditions.
Little Red Door Cancer Agency
Little Red Door gives extra support to patients with cancer through many resources, from wigs to supplements to education.