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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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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