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January 19, 1989 | By Bernice Z. Heron, Special to The Inquirer
When the state legislature passed a measure last year to include hospice care in Medicaid benefits starting Jan. 1, it in effect created a new benefit for AIDS patients. Typically, patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome are too young for hospice benefits provided under Medicare, are unemployed and do not have private health insurance. But most do qualify for Medicaid, which is available to people who cannot afford medical care. Prior to Jan. 1, Medicaid did not cover hospice care, which is provided for people who are terminally ill. Hospice program administrators say they are hurrying to incorporate the new state provisions into the package of services they already provide for AIDS patients.
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March 28, 2004 | By Robert F. O'Neill INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Ever wonder where the elderly go to die? Hospitals and nursing homes are good answers, but most terminally ill patients die where they live - at home. For those who can't remain at home because their illness requires specialized care or critical support systems, there are 3,200 end-of-life facilities throughout the nation known as hospices. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization defines hospice as a philosophy of care that accepts dying as a natural part of life.
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January 11, 1987 | By Lini S. Kadaba, Inquirer Staff Writer
George Boehmler is dying. The 82-year-old retired machine mechanic is almost blind and completely bedridden. Colon cancer is slowly and painfully eating away his body. His prognosis is one month. But Boehmler is not sick enough. Hospitals - unable to make him better - will not admit him merely to die. His family has tried a nursing home, but it drained most of his money. Besides, his wife, Elsie, wants him to die at home. Boehmler wants to die there, too. So, about a year ago, he returned to his rowhouse in Mayfair from a nursing home.
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May 3, 2012 | Dear Abby
DEAR ABBY: When my husband, "Jeff," and I married, we drew up a medical proxy and health-care directives should future incapacitation arise. Jeff is now terminally ill with brain cancer and has about five months to live. I had to quit working because Jeff is now my full-time job. As his illness progresses, we have discussed placing him in a hospice. But the closer he gets to death, the more he changes his mind. He demands that I lift, jerk and pull him in and out of bed. He needs assistance eating, dressing, bathing and using the toilet and is in a wheelchair.
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December 29, 1988 | By Bernice Z. Heron, Special to The Inquirer
The first program in the country to care for terminally ill people who live alone is being offered by Wissahickon Hospice. The two-year pilot program, financed by a $144,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trust, will provide free care to 34 patients in the Montgomery County and northwest Philadelphia area. Although officially scheduled to begin Tuesday, the first patient has already been enrolled. Formerly, patients lacking a primary caregiver, such as a family member or live-in companion, were not eligible for hospice care at home because of safety.
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January 11, 2011 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a few years of working in hectic emergency rooms and intensive-care units, Christopher Frazer decided to go into hospice care. It fit his personality more as he was sensitive and family-oriented but also had a great sense of humor, said those who knew him. Over the last 10 years, Mr. Frazer developed his own style of taking care of the dying. He used complementary therapies such as massage and aroma therapy on his patients, and also trained a lot of coworkers at the Moorestown Visiting Nurses Association.
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November 25, 2002 | By Mary Ann Boccolini
In earlier centuries, most terminally ill people died at home. By the mid-1970s, that trend had reversed, with more than 70 percent of deaths occurring in hospitals and other institutions. In the last three decades, however, hospice providers have quietly revolutionized the way people die in America. Now there is a gradual shift back to the earlier times, as more people are choosing to spend their last months at home with hospice care. Samaritan Hospice has been part of this revolution from the beginning.
NEWS
April 12, 2012
JoAnn Splon Downes, 81, of Center City, a social worker who was one of the pioneers of hospital-affiliated hospice care in Philadelphia, died of Parkinson's disease on Easter, April 8, at home. "She was comforted by the presence and spirit of family gathered for the holiday," her children wrote in a tribute to their mother. In 1978, Mrs. Downes had been a social worker in Philadelphia for two decades when she was asked by a friend, Dr. Jeffrey Hartzell, to be administrator for a new program he was establishing at Pennsylvania Hospital - the first hospital-based hospice service in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
May 14, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The first time Charlie Manuel went to spring training as a big-leaguer in 1969, he found his locker placed between all-stars Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison. Manuel was 25 and, after six seasons in the minors with Minnesota, he could not believe his eyes. "I thought that was the greatest thing in the world," Manuel said Friday. That's why the Phillies manager was deeply saddened to hear the news of Killebrew entering hospice care for the last days of his bout with esophageal cancer.
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December 8, 1994 | BY LINDA WRIGHT MOORE
On a recent Sunday afternoon, my friend and neighbor Ann Sara Weiss held my hand, looked into my eyes and said goodbye. Six days later, she was gone. She died at home on the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving, holding breast cancer at bay for one last holiday, surrounded by a loving crowd of relatives and friends. When Ann's husband, Len Freedman, called me at my parents' home in Ohio with the news, I recall that Peggy Salvatore had said it would be like this. Salvatore is a nurse with the Albert Einstein Medical Center hospice program.
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July 19, 2016
Former Minnesota Gov. Wendell Anderson, 83, a Democrat who was seen as embodying his state when he posed for an iconic Time magazine cover only to lose public confidence by arranging his own appointment to the U.S. Senate, died Sunday. Gov. Mark Dayton's office said Mr. Anderson had been in hospice care in St. Paul. Mr. Anderson was elected governor in 1970. Time featured the former Olympic hockey player in a glowing 1973 story about Minnesota, calling him "a Midwestern Kennedy. " At the height of his popularity in 1974, Mr. Anderson beat his Republican challenger by a better than a 2-to-1 ratio.
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May 30, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Holly Thi Werth was never without words. At weddings, at funerals, at family dinners and raucous parties, she would walk into a room, assess the situation, and say something that cut right to the crux of things. She gave speeches at memorials that made everyone cry and laugh in the same breath. She gave toasts that prompted acquaintances to ask whether she was a stand-up comedian. She made jokes that had half the room gasping in shock, the other half gasping with laughter. Earlier this month, in hospice care, at the end of a long battle with cervical cancer, she found words when no one else could.
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February 11, 2016
A federal jury convicted a registered nurse on four counts of health care fraud Monday in a case in which prosecutors alleged she aided her employer in a plan to bilk Medicare out of more than $9 million. Between 2005 and 2008, Patricia McGill, 68, served as the former director of professional services of Home Care Hospice, the Bustleton facility that prosecutors alleged enrolled dozens of patients who did not meet federal guidelines for hospice care. In addition, the government accused McGill, under the watch of the facility's owners, of overseeing the falsification of records to suggest patients were sicker than they were or received treatments that were never given.
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October 24, 2015 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: Long story short, boyfriend is going through a rough time (his dad died unexpectedly last year, his mom is in hospice care with a terminal illness). We've been together for almost five years. We're in our early 20s, but I'm not sure I want to be with him anymore for reasons that would probably be two columns long. We've talked, and he really wants to try to make the relationship work, but I wonder whether I am too emotionally distant from the relationship for anything to even work.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Agnes J. "Chuckie" Tilley, 83, a fixture of Philadelphia's Republican Party, whose childhood in a Catholic orphanage inspired her to a lifetime of service, died Thursday, April 23, of cancer at her home in the city's Burholme section. Mrs. Tilley died in hospice care after a long battle. She was surrounded by her husband and children. Those who knew her described Mrs. Tilley as a principled woman who believed strongly in the Republican Party and in a higher purpose she espoused for herself and others, which was to lend a hand to those in need.
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January 16, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
William Phillips Africa, 63, a high-ranking member of MOVE who was serving a 30- to 100-year sentence in the death of a Philadelphia police officer during a 1978 shootout, died in prison Saturday, officials said Wednesday. Africa died of natural causes at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, the Luzerne County Coroner's office said. William Phillips added the surname Africa after he joined MOVE and was known in the group as "Phil. " He was MOVE's "minister of defense. " Africa was convicted of third-degree murder for the shooting death of Officer James J. Ramp on Aug. 8, 1978.
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December 30, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
  It is called Sacred Heart Home, and its work is just that: sacred. For 84 years, a group of nuns has been caring for poor people dying from cancer in their gleaming home on the edge of Hunting Park. They do it free of charge. The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne accept no payment of any kind from patients, insurance companies, or the government. Though its sisters are Roman Catholic, Sacred Heart receives no funding stream from any diocese or church.   "Isn't that a miracle?"
NEWS
July 8, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aspiring Broadway choreographer Terrance Calvert was in hospice care but still talking about the thrill of performing. The 21-year-old dancer, who had walked into the Upper Darby Summer Stage community theater as a teenager with "behavioral issues," wanted other kids to find what he had. So Calvert drafted his mother and a buddy to carry out a mission that he wouldn't be able to execute himself - develop a scholarship program for youngsters who...
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July 3, 2014
ISSUE | N.J. SUICIDE LAW Aging society need Regarding legalizing assisted suicide, a recent letter writer describes a difficult situation in which assisted suicide may be considered but may not be the proper action ("Think twice about dying in New Jersey," June 29). Unfortunately, for every example like that, there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of terminally sick people in hospice care every day for whom there is no hope for recovery. It is these people (and their families)
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April 14, 2014 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I am very sorry to have to tell you that Mother Mary's health has taken a dramatic and unexpected turn for the worse, so this won't be a funny column. Except for the fact that she is at her funniest when times are darkest. She's been newly diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, has moved up north with me, and has entered hospice care at my house. Mercifully, Brother Frank, Daughter Francesca, and family and friends are all around her, and she is resting comfortably. So comfortably, in fact, that the hospice nurses, who are saints on wheels, cannot believe it. One nurse asked Mother Mary if she was having any pain - and she pointed to me. So you get the idea.
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