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What is Palliative Care and How Can it Help Patients and Families?

by Sandy Balentine, MSN, RN, OCN, MBA, Director, Clinical Onocolgy, The Valley Hospital

Posted on November 14, 2016

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and, although we are focusing on raising awareness of them at the same time, it is important to note important distinctions between the two services. Hospice is a philosophy of care for people who are near the end of life and are no longer seeking curative treatment. Palliative care, on the other hand, focuses on preventing or relieving the symptoms, pain and stress that can accompany a serious, chronic or incurable illness. Palliative care can also be used during times of acute illness.
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Hospice Care: Offering Support, Comfort and Peace of Mind for Patients and their Families

by Tina Basenese, Director, Valley Hospice

Posted on November 3, 2014

For patients with serious, advanced illness for whom a cure is no longer possible, facing the end of life can be both frightening and confusing.  Enlisting support through hospice care can help.
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Hospice Care: Offering Comfort and Peace-of-Mind

by Kris MacMillan, Director of Valley Hospice

Posted on November 15, 2013

For patients with serious, advanced illness for whom a cure is no longer possible, facing the end of life can be both frightening and confusing.  Most Americans would prefer to spend the remainder of their lives at home with their families.  They also want to be pain-free and able to enjoy life for as long as possible, to have a say in their care and treatment, and they don’t want to be a burden to their loved ones.
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