January 19, 1989 |
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.
March 28, 2004 |
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.
January 11, 1987 |
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.
May 3, 2012 |
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.
January 11, 2011 |
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.
December 29, 1988 |
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.
November 25, 2002 |
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.
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.
May 14, 2011 |
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.
December 8, 1994 |
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.