Posts in March, 2018

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Why I Believe in Hospice 03.21.2018
Why I Believe in Hospice

My mother experienced Hospice of Frederick County care at the end of her 91 year life. She moved to Frederick and was diagnosed immediately with stage 4 cancer. She had been healthy all her life and was prepared to fight it. Hospice and especially ...

Lessons I Have Learned 03.21.2018
Lessons I Have Learned

It was an easy decision to give of my time and become a volunteer at hospice. Once the training was completed, the learning really began. Going from a volunteer to a full-time employee was the start of a life lesson. Working at hospice is a ...

Reflections from Hospice Staff 03.21.2018
Reflections from Hospice Staff

While in nursing school, I did a shift with hospice, and from that one 8 hour day I knew that was where I was meant to be, and have been there ever since. It can be a real conversation stopper when someone finds out that you work for hospice. ...

Learning the Value of Love, Patience and Strength 03.21.2018
Learning the Value of Love, Patience and Strength

All of us at hospice repeatedly learn the value of love, patience, and strength. Our patients and their families teach us this every day. As a social worker, I enter patients’ lives at a very difficult time: when they have recently learned ...

Wishes Do Come True 03.21.2018
Wishes Do Come True

Carol Leith hadn’t been to the beach in years, mainly due to her failing health. What she wanted most of all was to spend some time, oceanside, with her two girlfriends and cousin to laugh, eat seafood and forget about her worries. Thanks to ...

Birthdays: A Time to Celebrate! 03.21.2018
Birthdays: A Time to Celebrate!

Celebrating a birthday helps us to remember that life is a gift, no matter where you are in your journey. We consider ourselves blessed to share in many sweet moments and joyful celebrations with our patients and families living at the Kline Hospice ...

Does Hospice Care Benefit Alzheimer's Dementia Patients? 03.21.2018
Does Hospice Care Benefit Alzheimer's Dementia Patients?

Alzheimer’s dementia is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States among Americans 65 years and older. About 70% of Americans with dementia die in a nursing home or long-term care facility. In many cases, hospice can improve the end of ...

Furry Friends Bring Comfort 03.21.2018
Furry Friends Bring Comfort

Studies have shown that pets can have a naturally therapeutic effect on humans. Pets can help lower blood pressure, decrease muscle tension, and reduce stress. Hospice of Frederick County agrees that animals bring comfort and joy to our patients. ...

Grief Support Group Comforts Father 03.21.2018
Grief Support Group Comforts Father

Although Paul Tooley had some experience dealing with death and loss when his father died of prostate cancer, nothing prepared him for the shock and pain of one of life’s most poignant losses—the death of a child. Paul found solace at ...

Medical Matters: Hospice Care in the Nursing Home 03.21.2018
Medical Matters: Hospice Care in the Nursing Home

When a patient has a life expectancy of six months or less, hospice care in the nursing home is covered by Medicare Part A. However, there are several hurdles to accessing this care. Taking a look at several examples will help to illustrate these ...

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