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Christmas: What Kind of Gift Do You Give Someone Who’s Dying?

“What gift should I give my loved one this year if they’re at the end of their life?” You can’t help but ponder this question as Christmas approaches. You want to get something thoughtful since your loved one may not have much time left....

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What to Say to a Child When a Grandparent Dies

If someone you love is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it can place an enormous amount of stress on everyone in your family. Children are especially vulnerable during these times as they may not have had any previous exposure to death. They may have...

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62 Inspiring and Exciting Bucket List Ideas for Cancer Patients

Many people have dreams they want to accomplish before they die. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or is thinking about end-of-life care, you worry about the future. One thing you now know intimately is that time is fleeting....

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Is Morphine Necessary for Pain Management in Hospice?

Your loved one has been experiencing end-of-life pain caused the symptoms of illness or aging, and you may feel helpless. Your doctor might have suggested hospice care as an option, but you’re concerned about the stigma against morphine. With news of the rise of opiate...

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10 Calming Ways to Cope with Grief After Losing a Loved One

When the reality of a loved one that passes away settles, it can be one of the most challenging experiences in life. The state of our work, inner happiness, and other personal relationships can be negatively impacted if a support system of people to...

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End Of Life Timeline: Signs & Symptoms Of The Dying Process

If you have a loved one who has recently entered hospice care or is going to, you may have only a few months, or even weeks, to say goodbye. During this time, they may exhibit changes in their behavior, diet, mood and much more....

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Discharge from Hospice: When a Hospice Patient Survives

Many patients who receive hospice care are expected to die soon. But research shows that many people now survive hospices. It’s not uncommon for patients in hospice care to get better. Miracles can and do happen. Entering hospice care no longer means that your...

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Stages of Death: 7 Signs That Dying Is Imminent

We know it’s been a rough few months as your loved one has been battling a terminal illness or simply the effects of aging. As their caregiver, watching their journey through the stages of dying may be difficult, but we hope that you gain...

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Songs of Transition for the Dying: Music Therapy in Hospice

Providing comfort to patients during the final stages of life is a primary component of hospice care. Yet, there comes a time when even words are not always enough to express one’s emotions. Since the earliest days of our history, music has been used...

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How to Care for a Dying Parent at Home

As a child providing care for a dying parent, it can be emotionally and psychologically challenging, especially if you are responsible for seeing to his or her well-being at home. However, it is important that you can speak freely with your parent about the...

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Forced to Choose: Nursing Home vs Home Hospice

Both nursing homes and home hospice have negative connotations, but a lot of it is due to situations we’ve seen in movies or sensationalist news stories that don’t represent the majority of people’s experiences. If you have an elderly loved one who is no longer able to...

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Easing End-of-Life Suffering: Palliative Care for Late-Stage Illness

In 1997, the Institute of Medicine released a report claiming that many Americans experience end-of-life suffering. However, even though it’s been about two decades since the report was released, the number of people suffering in their last year of life rose. Between 1998 and...

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Discussing End of Life Care Options with a Terminally Ill Relative

According to a report issued by the Institute of Medicine, less than 30 percent of adults surveyed had spoken to loved ones regarding end of life care. As uncomfortable and frightening as it can be, you should speak to your terminally ill relative or...

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Comforting a Loved One with End Stage Heart Failure

According to the American Heart Association, the number of adults in the United States with heart failure rose by 800,000 over the last five years. About 10 percent of the 5.7 million people in the country currently living with heart failure in its end...

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5 Things Every Hospice Patient’s Primary Caregiver Should Know

It’s no secret that the transition from the hospital to hospice care is a tough transition for anyone. The family is starting to realize that the comfort of their loved one is more important than an aggressive treatment in a hospital setting. This is often...

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How to Keep Prescription Medication Secure in Your Home

An individual who is on hospice will likely have a medication regimen that they must follow. Because their prescription is important to their overall wellness as they recover, it’s crucial to manage it appropriately. Keeping prescription medication secure is essential for requesting timely renewals on...

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Will Hospice and DNR Status Cause a Confliction?

Undoubtedly, choosing a hospice for a loved one can be a tough yet important decision. While the vast majority of hospice providers have a similar philosophy of care, each hospice provider is different in some significant way. Therefore, it is important to conduct research...

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7 Challenges Children Face When Becoming Their Parents’ Caregiver

As a child, your parents cared for you. They watched you grow up and you watched them grow older. Now that they’re receiving in-home care or hospice, it’s time for you to become your parent’s caregiver—a process that is not only difficult but also emotionally...

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4 Reasons Not to Smoke Cigarettes as a “Comfort” on Hospice

The goal of hospice care is to make patients as comfortable as possible, and your loved one may argue that smoking is one of the things that makes them happy or eases their nerves. So if that’s the case, what’s the harm in letting...

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How to Cope With Anticipatory Grief During Hospice Process

If there’s one seemingly unfair rule about our time here on Earth, it’s that it is limited. We all have “our time” to go, and this is out of our control. In many cases, if someone is terminally ill or aging, the time will come...

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What Types of Hospice Care Are Available for My Loved One?

Hospice care provides essential medical relief and quality of life enhancement for those at the end of their lives. While health insurance plans like Medicare and Medicaid can cover or assist with the cost of hospice services, it is important to select the right...

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How to Say Goodbye When Your Loved One’s Time Is Near

While death is one of the few things we can truly count on in life, it still manages to take us by surprise—especially when it happens to someone we love. Regardless of how much time we’ve had to prepare, finding the right words in...

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When Is an Alzheimer’s Patient Ready for Hospice?

  For the loved ones of an Alzheimer’s patient, facing the late stages of the disease can be tough. Making choices about the best care options for a loved one only becomes more difficult as the disease progresses. This is also a sign that...

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What Are the Medicare Hospice Benefits I Need to Know About?

Unlike other types of medical care, Hospice is different as it is not intended to be curative treatment. Instead, its goal is to improve the quality of the life of terminally ill patients and to keep them comfortable. The family members of hospice patients...

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“When Does Hospice Come In” Is the Wrong Question

When it comes to hospice care, there are a lot of fears and misconceptions out there that hinder pursuing the best possible situation for an aging or terminally ill loved one. This can leave people confused about when is the right time to start...

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Hospice vs Palliative Care: What’s the Difference?

Both palliative care and hospice care are essential to a loved one who may be suffering from an illness. However, it can be difficult to assess their differences. End-of-life care can be a challenging time for families. Questions can swirl around about what kind of...

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Comfort & Quality of Life: What Is Hospice, and Who Needs It?

Learning that your loved one does not have much time left can be devastating. When they require extensive care round-the-clock, it can become too much for the average person to handle. In a time like this, hospice can be the best way to keep your loved...

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Does Hospice Mean “The End”?

If you are taking care of a sick or aging family member and their doctor has mentioned hospice as a possible option, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought. It’s natural to have questions and even reservations about it, but rest...

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Omni Care Hospice Gifts 2 Las Vegas Families with Thanksgiving Dinners

Giving back to our local community is something that is near and dear to our Omni Care staff’s heart. To kick-off the holiday season, we asked our employees if they would be interested in “Giving Back” to local families. We are delighted to announce...

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What Is Palliative Care, and What Benefits Does It Provide?

  If you’re looking for a temporary option for caring for a loved one or yourself, palliative care may be an option. Palliative care provides comprehensive care to patients with serious illnesses or temporary recovery needs after medical procedures. It’s available to anyone at...

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Who Visits My Home During My Loved One’s Hospice Care?

The purpose of Hospice Care is to provide a compassionate in-home changeover to individuals with life-limiting illnesses. From pain relief to medication management, in-home hospice brings the care and professionals directly to your loved one. Most health insurance will cover all hospice professionals, along...

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6 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Residential Hospice Provider

  It may seem bewildering and overwhelming when you have to choose a residential hospice provider because so much is at stake, both emotionally and financially, for your loved one and the family. It’s important to ask the questions that will satisfy your quest...

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Dispelling the Top 10 Hospice Myths That You’re Worried About

  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 1.3 million people received hospice care services during 2013. Surprisingly, because a lot of us feel the topic is too sensitive or taboo, many of us avoid talking about end-of-life topics. This leaves...

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Can I Get Chemotherapy While in Hospice Care?

As someone who has cancer or a a loved suffering from this disease, you may be having a difficult time coordinating care or understanding all of your options. Along with the term chemotherapy, you may be hearing words like curative, palliative, and hospice. What...

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Omni Care Hospice Supports Local Children with Goodie Two Shoes Foundation

Omni Care Hospice and Sonoma Home Health donated our time this past weekend by volunteering for the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation (GTSF). Based in Las Vegas, the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation provides disadvantaged children across the valley with new shoes and socks. GTSF also provides these...

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How Does Hospice Work? Everything You Need to Know

Facing the end of life can be an overwhelmingly difficult situation for anyone with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their family. Thankfully, hospice programs are available, bringing comfort and solace to the patient and their loved ones. If you’re wondering “how does hospice...

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Omni Care Teams Up with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” Drive

Omni Care Hospice, along with Sonoma Home Health are teaming up with U.S. Marine Corp Reserves for the “Toys For Tots” Toy Drive. This is very near and dear to our Administrator, Gus Farias’ heart for various reasons. He is a Marine and his...

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What If I Choose the Wrong Hospice for My Loved One?

When someone you love is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, it is sure to be overwhelming. Hospice care provides the vital end-of-life compassion, pain management, and comfort for patients as well as the much-needed assistance and support for their loved ones. Choosing the wrong...

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