The Hospice Handbook: A Complete Guide

The Hospice Handbook: A Complete Guide

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The Hospice Handbook: A Complete Guide by Larry Beresford, Beresford

In recent years hospice care has gone from a little-known medical alternative to a major movement in health care. By emphasizing palliative care and pain management rather than curative treatment, hospices allow the terminally ill to spend the last days, week, or months of their lives in their own homes, cared for by their families under the supervision of a team of specially trained hospice workers that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, and volunteers. The Hospice Handbook assures us that the terminally ill do have options, and the quality of their lives can still be within their control.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316091381
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/04/1993
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

1What Is Hospice Care?3
What Is a Hospice?8
2For Whom Is Hospice Intended?13
Requirements for Enrollment in Hospice15
3The Services Provided by a Hospice26
The Hospice Team31
4Additional Hospice Services50
Inpatient Care50
Hospice Bereavement Services58
Betty V.62
5The Referral Process: Making the First Call64
The Physician's Role in Hospice Referrals68
6Hospice Providers, Coverage, and Access Issues76
Models of Hospice Programs76
Coverage for Hospice Care84
Questions Consumers Can Ask a Hospice96
Barriers to Hospice Access101
7Pain and Physical Realities109
Betty C.116
8Legal Issues119
Anna Walton123
9The Place for Hope in Hospice125
10Issues in the Future of Hospice131
High Tech and Hospice133
Hospice Care for People with AIDS135
Children and Hospice143
Afterword: What Does Choosing Hospice Really Mean?147
Notes on the Text and Suggestions for Further Reading157

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