Showing posts with label end of life care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label end of life care. Show all posts

Apr 19, 2017

3 Questions Every Alzheimer’s Caregiver Should Ask About Palliative Care

Alzheimer’s Disease is a terminal illness,  people can die from its complications. Medications do not stop the neurons from dying off. No procedures reverse dementia. From a palliative care perspective, every decision is made based on how the treatment will maintain, or improve, the life of a person living with dementia.

By Rita Jablonski-Jaudon
Vicki Winstead
Alzheimer's Reading Room

As we move along our respective journey through Alzheimer’s World, we need to re-evaluate what quality of life means to the deeply forgetful in our care.

Mar 31, 2017

When Is the Best Time to Start Hospice Care?

Hospice provides compassionate care for people facing an end of life illnesses or injury.

Hospice care is for people with a life expectancy of 6 months or less

Hospices use a team-oriented approach to medical care, and pain management. Hospice care also provides emotional and spiritual support tailored to the needs of both patient and family caregiver.

Many people think of hospice care as something provided to people who have terminal cancer or another such illness. Hospice can also be immensely helpful for people living with Alzheimer’s.

Aug 30, 2016

The Role of Palliative Care and Artificial Feeding in Dementia Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses like Alzheimer's disease.

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses like Alzheimer's disease.
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Palliative care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Palliative is a form of end of life care.

The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients, caregivers and families.

Unfortunately, while the situation is improving, palliative care needs of patients with dementia are sometimes poorly addressed. Symptoms such as pain are sometimes under treated; and, patients are often subjected to burdensome interventions.

Jul 27, 2015

Dementia Care and End of Life Issues

Caregivers are often unaware that resources are available to provide comfort, and to help each person afflicted with Alzheimer's to end their life with dignity.

Dementia Care and the end of life
Despite the efforts of researchers, Alzheimer's remains incurable.

Researchers are using all kinds of technology to pinpoint how Alzheimer's progressively robs memories, affects thinking and judgement, and ultimately impedes a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities, and so far their efforts have met with little success.

A person does not die of Alzheimer's disease, but during the course of the disease, the body's defense system weakens, increasing the susceptibility to infection and other causes of death related to aging.

Jun 28, 2010

Review of Dying Patients’ Charts Identifies Need for Improvement in End-of-Life Care

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Even at a hospital recognized for managing seriously ill patients, a systematic assessment of clinical measures associated with end-of-life care identified opportunities to improve treatment for those dying in the hospital, according to a report in the June 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.