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Apr 2017

Understanding: Children and Grief

Children’s feelings of grief are complex. Many explanations commonly used to discuss death with children actually serve to confuse them. Fear for the lives of other family members or their own life is common. Do not use the word “sleep” when describing death. Children should be given simple, honest answers as to what is happening….

Understanding: The Grief Process

You may find yourself busy immediately following your loved one’s death. It is important during this time to take things slowly and enlist the help of friends and family. You can expect to experience grief for a long time. Be prepared for the possibility of unexpected feelings of bereavement months and even years after your…

The Caregiver’s Role

You may not think of yourself as a caregiver, but anyone who helps someone else because that person is no longer able to manage some or all of the activities of daily life is considered a caregiver.

Making Decisions: Planning for the Future

MAKING DECISIONS It is important to plan for the future and empower ourselves with options that meet our needs and desires. When faced with a life-limiting or terminal illness, many decisions must be made. These decisions can involve financial matters, advance directives, funeral arrangements, how the last days of life will be spent, and other…

Our Hospice Philosophy

Namaste Hospice believes that choice always exists. Excellent quality of life is always attainable — people with illness can live fully and die well. When death is accepted as a natural part of life, hope changes but does not disappear. A person faced with serious, life limiting or terminal illness need not stop reaching for…

Overview of Services: The Things Part of Hospice

MEDICATIONS Hospice provides medications that address symptoms related to the terminal diagnosis. All medications are prescribed by the attending physician and delivered by a courier service to the patient’s home. Medications are available to the patient 24 hours a day. The hospice nurse is responsible for ordering medications and will arrange for delivery at a…

Overview of Services: The People Part of Hospice

The Inter-Disciplinary Group (IDG) is composed of individuals who provide the complete spectrum of care to the patient and his/her loved ones. The team members is a community of care providers with the patient and family at its center. Namaste Hospice team members contribute expertise in managing physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms – but the…

What is Hospice: Myths About Hospice Care

‘Hospice’ is a term that describes a specific type of symptom management care for people who will eventually die as a result of a progressive disease. In order to make informed decisions and take advantage of the personalized level of care and services that hospice offers, we can correct our misconceptions. MYTHS ABOUT HOSPICE CARE…

The Story of Namaste Hospice

Namaste Hospice was founded in 1998 by a group of seasoned hospice professionals with a combined 40 years of experience in Hospice. The vision of Namaste Hospice came from a belief that flaws existed in the current delivery of hospice care. Lengths of stay in hospice were decreasing. Families frequently wished they had known about…