End-of-Life Doula

Doulas are helpers. The word “doula” comes from the Greek, where it means, roughly, “female helper” or “woman who serves.” In 1973, the word was first used to refer to someone who helps and supports women through and after childbirth. But now the concept of the doula has been expanded. Instead of having doulas only…

Aid-in-Dying

Back in the ‘90s, Dr. Jack Kevorkian made headlines by helping many terminally ill patients end their lives and their suffering. While “Dr. Death” went to prison for eight years for his illegal acts, physician-assisted suicide, or aid-in-dying as it’s now more commonly known, was legalized in Oregon only a handful of years later. Over…

Hospice Care

Hospice care is a type of medical care designed to provide palliative care for terminally ill patients during the last six months of life. This type of care is reserved for patients who are no longer receiving curative treatment. Palliative medical care is an important part of hospice care. This means making sure the patient…

Ask The Expert

Ask The Expert: Palliative Medicine Kim Haag, MSN, APRN, ANP-C with AseraCare in Indianapolis, Indiana   Q: What is Palliative Medicine? A: Palliative Medicine is a medical specialty that focuses on improving a persons overall quality of life through pain and symptom management, clarification of Goals of Care, and other medically necessary care interventions for…