Category: Education & Resources

Recent Posts

Glass piggy bank, filled with coins and a stethoscope that is curled into a heart shape
  • Education & Resources ·

Who Pays for Hospice?

Who Pays for Hospice? ‘Who pays for hospice?’ It’s a very common question. And it’s a very good question. If you are considering hospice care for someone you love (or maybe for yourself), you have a lotof things to think about. Worrying about how you are going to pay for hospice care should not be one of them. At AT Home Care, we strive to provide exceptional care for our patients and their families. This begins with providing education and resources to ensure everyone involved understands what to expect when choosing our hospice services. That being said, we want to…
Teal ribbon with words ‘cervical cancer awareness month – January’
  • Awareness ·

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month By: Dr. Laura Mantine The cervix is the organ that provides an opening between the vagina and the uterus. Normally, old or damaged cells in a woman’s cervix will stop dividing and are replaced by healthy, young cells. Cervical dysplasia occurs when these old or damaged cells continue to divide in the superficial layer of the cervix. When cervical dysplasia is not treated, it can grow and spread into the deeper tissues of the cervix, developing into cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is a common malignant tumor of the female reproductive system. In the world, cervical cancer…
Close up of end-of-life planning papers and a pen
  • Caregivers ·

End-of-Life Conversations

End-of-Life Conversations People often shy away from talking about end-of-life wishes. In fact, the Conversation Project found that although 92% of people feel it’s important to discuss end-of-life wishes, only 32% actually do. But it doesn’t have to be a scary topic that you avoid. In fact, it’s incredibly important to have the discussion. Dear Caregiver, As your loved one grows older, they may be hesitant to talk about their end-of-life wishes. And you may not want to bring it up because it forces you to face the fact that they won’t be here forever. Trust us, we get it.…
Nurse helping a patient in bed at home
  • Education & Resources ·

Choosing Hospice: How to Know the Time is Right

Choosing Hospice: How to Know the Time is Right A life-limiting illness comes with a lot of difficult decisions to consider. One of those decisions is when it may be time to consider hospice care. This can be an intimidating decision to make, so we are sharing some tips to help you determine when the time is right. Understanding Hospice Hospice is an interdisciplinary approach to end-of-life care. When a patient and their family choose hospice, they are choosing to switch the focus from curative treatment to comfort care. This simply means the goal is now to manage the patient’s…
Purple ribbon with the words ‘November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month’
  • Awareness ·

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness for Hospice

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness for Hospice   By: Dr. Margarita David Ph.D., RN Pancreatic cancer affects over 60,000 people in the United States. Continue reading to learn more about pancreatic cancer in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. What is pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancer is a cancer that develops in the pancreas. The pancreas helps regulate the metabolism of sugar and aids in the digestion of foods. What causes pancreatic cancer? Although the exact cause of pancreatic cancer is still unknown, some risk factors that may contribute to the development of pancreatic cancer include: Smoking Diabetes Obesity Repeated inflammation of the…
Pale green background with two pairs of hands holding a model of lungs
  • Awareness ·

COPD Hospice Referral Guidelines

COPD Awareness Month: Hospice Referral Guidelines By: Laura Mantine, MD Chronic lung disease is the 4th most common cause of death among older adults in the United States. More than 3 million people worldwide died of COPD in 2015, representing 6% of all deaths that year. People dying from COPD frequently experience difficult and uncomfortable symptoms that lead to distress and panic. They commonly have disabling respiratory symptoms including severe breathlessness, limited tolerance for activity, and intractable coughing. They are also usually oxygen dependent, often experience anorexia with weight loss, cachexia, and ultimately become dependent on others for their activities…
Black and white flowers with one purple flower with a teal stem; text that reads ‘November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month!’ with a purple and teal ribbon
  • Awareness ·

Hospice: Care Wherever You Call Home

Hospice: Care Wherever You Call Home By: Laura Mantine, MD It is a fact that only 25% of deaths occur at home while nearly 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home. Unfortunately, many individuals will die in hospitals, while receiving care that is not consistent with their wishes. It’s important for older adults to plan and let their caregivers, doctors, or family members know their end-of-life preferences. In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we want to highlight the fact that hospice is not a place- it is an approach to care. Increasingly, people are choosing…
Words ‘November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month’ on a dark purple background with an illuminated brain image
  • Awareness ·

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month By: Dr. Margarita David Ph.D., RN What is Alzheimer’s Disease November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that cannot be reversed. This disease declines the person’s ability to think, remember, and carry out familiar tasks. Neurons and connection pathways The progressive decline in patients with Alzheimer’s is due to the loss of communication between neurons. The neurons are responsible for sending messages from the brain to all parts of your body. Frontal lobe The frontal lobe is responsible for your social and emotional skills, motor functions, language, and cognitive functions.…
Red heart and the words National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month/October on a red, white, and blue background
  • Awareness ·

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: What It Is and What To Do

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: What It Is and What To Do A leading cause of death in the United States, sudden cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 356,000 people each year. This includes 23,000 youth under the age of 18. It is a life-threatening health emergency in which the heart suddenly stops beating, and it can occur in people of any age, including those who appear to be otherwise in good health. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, they collapse and do not respond or breathe normally. They may also gasp or shake, similarly to a seizure. It…