A Hospice Guide Book: Hospice Care: A Wise Choice Providing Quality Comfort Care Through the End of Life's Journey

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Inspiring Voices, Jan 4, 2012 - Education - 192 pages
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When you or a loved one are diagnosed with a terminal illness, you wonder what can be done to make life easier and more meaningful during the remaining time on earth. In A Hospice Guide Book, author Dr. Curtis E. Smith shows how the concept of hospice, which emphasizes the important provisions of comfort care through the end-of-life journey, can help terminal patients die a comfortable, peaceful death with dignity.

A resource for families, patients, and health care providers, A Hospice Guide Book provides a thorough explanation of the hospice concept. It discusses
• the definition of hospice care and its origins;
• hospice fallacies, myths, and facts;
• alternative care modalities;
• the hospice team and its responsibilities;
• levels of care and treatment;
• pain and pain management;
• hospice residences;
• end of life care.

A Hospice Guide Book presents a plethora of information about hospice, enabling those who could become hospice patients the opportunity to receive the benefit of expert comfort care; pain control management; symptom control; and emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial support as they live with their terminal illness during the end-of-life journey and peacefully transition from this life to the next.


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What Is Hospice?
Fallacies Myths and Facts
The Hospice Philosophy
Alternative Medical Care Modalities
Role and Responsibilities
Levels of Care Treatment
Residences available
Pain and Pain Management
Addressing 911 Emergency Treatment
The End of Lifes Journey
Who Pays for Hospice Benefits?
Who is Eligible for Hospice Care?
Is Hospice Care for You or a Loved One?
Making the Right Decision

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About the author (2012)

Curtis E. Smith is a psychotherapist and ordained nondenominational minister. He earned doctoral degrees in human behavior and psychology. Smith has a clinical pastoral education background and extensive experience in hospice care. He lives with his family in Anaheim, California. This is his third book.

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