Planning for Death Articles

Each article offers advice and tips to handle the challenges of dealing with an aging parent or loved one who may be nearing their end of life.

Hospice in a Colorado Assisted Living Community

Dear Kirsten:

adultchildwritngletterMy grandmother lives in an assisted living community near Ft. Collins, Colorado. She has been a resident there for almost five years now and has made many friends, including both staff and residents. I am the person primarily responsible for her welfare. Last month after a series of falls, her physician gave her the devastating diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor. I would like for her to be allowed to remain in her apartment surrounded by her friends, and the caregivers she already knows and trusts. But I don’t want to have her miss out on the benefits of hospice care. How do I choose between the two?

Patty

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Anxiety at End of Life

end-of-life-anxietyDear Kirsten: 

I am the caregiver for my great Aunt who is 87 years old. She has multiple health issues and her physician just recommended we consider hospice care for her. I haven’t yet spoken with her about it. She has so much anxiety already that I’m not sure how she will take this news. Do you have any advice to offer?

Francine in Ft. Collins, Colorado

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Complementary Therapies Help Hospice Manage Pain & Symptoms

When the phrase “pain management” is used people often think it automatically means powerful medications.

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Hospice Care and Palliative Care: Is There a Difference?

     Because these two terms are often erroneously used interchangeably, people think they are the same thing. That hospice care is no different than palliative care.

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Understanding What Medicare Covers Under the Hospice Benefit

When an aging loved one has a life-limiting illness, hospice is usually a welcome addition to their care. But many families are unaware of the benefit or unclear what is covered.

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Communicating End of Life Wishes

Let's face it. End of life discussions aren't high on the list of conversations people like to have.

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What is Palliative Care?

If you are like many patients and caregivers across Colorado, you may have heard of palliative care.

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