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…

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…

hospice care

Hospice care is one of those things in life about which most of us want to know as little as possible. We bury our heads in the sand and wait until someone in our family needs it before we learn what it is and how it works. But unfortunately, if you wait too long, you…

Ask The Expert

Ask The Expert: Hospice Care Dr. Stephen Marsh, M.D., Medical Director for Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice in Raleigh, NC     Q: Is Hospice a place? A: Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. Hospice Care can be provided in any place the patient calls home, whether it is a personal…

Ask The Expert

Ask The Expert: Hospice Care Dr. Chirag Patel, The Hospice of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio   Q: What is palliative care? What is the difference between palliative medicine and hospice?   A: The goal of palliative care is to relieve suffering and provide the best possible quality of life for people facing the pain, symptoms…