Articles & Education2021-03-24T08:08:06-07:00

Articles & Education

Committed to creating a family-like environment and providing personalized care for each patient.

When Is It Time for Hospice or Palliative Care?

The achievements of modern medicine have extended both the length and quality of our lifespans. For many people, however, advancing age brings a growing constellation of health conditions, which are met with a battery of treatments and medications to help keep them at bay. Treatment can take on a momentum of its own, with a medical team responding to fight off every new condition, ...

Hospice Volunteer

Be a Hospice Volunteer Hospice Volunteers often fill the gaps between a patient’s loved one and professional caregivers. Our Hospice Volunteers provide companionship, socialization and emotional support. While Volunteers usually visit patients at a scheduled time, they are also flexible as a patient’s needs or desires change. Wings of Hope Hospice Volunteers have several ways to give time, including: Direct Patient Volunteers These Volunteers ...

Wings of Hope Hospice Services

Just as important as the Hospice and Palliative Care services we offer is the way our patients and families are treated while on our service. We are here to guide and to give hope for a peaceful and comfortable time. Our goal is to facilitate the highest quality of life possible. To do that, we offer multiple levels of care. Wings of Hope Hospice ...

Palliative Care Near You

Navigating the illness of a loved one is never an easy thing. While death is an inevitability in this world and to be expected in life, it is an experience that can be extremely taxing, physically, spiritually and emotionally on a family or those that give care. Palliative care and hospice are often referred to interchangeably. However, there are key differences. While both services ...

Self-Care Tips for Caregivers

For those who find themselves in the position of being a full-time caregiver, it is not uncommon to become so overwhelmed by your responsibilities that you begin to neglect yourself. This often leads to exhaustion, stress, weight gain or weight loss, and even illness. When you begin to neglect yourself, the quality of care that you can offer to your loved one also suffers. ...

The Importance of Grief Counseling

With any loss, the process of grief is expected. However, the degree to which we feel grief is largely dependent on how close we were to the individual who has passed on, and our personal experience in dealing with grief in the past. When it comes to family losses, it is often difficult for people to grieve because everybody around them is experiencing different ...

Understanding Medicare Hospice Billing

Many individuals shy away from the idea of hospice care, fearing undue expense. However, the truth is that hospice care is fully covered under Medicare (Part A). Here at Wings of Hope, we’ve seen far too many families struggle to sustain hospice care alone, not knowing that helping hands are available under their usual insurance coverage. Here are some of the most common questions that we ...

4 Questions to Enable End of Life Decisions

Here at Wings of Hope, we guide individuals and their families through the end of life process each day. As we work together with patients and caretakers, we’ve learned that there are some essential conversations that get skipped all too often. A conversation about end of life decisions can be difficult to start. However, it’s a vital component of effective hospice care. We can’t always control ...

Preparing Your House for Home Hospice Care

Up to 50% of hospice patients choose to receive care at home. This can better nurture important time with loved ones, lend a feeling of familiarity and comfort, and reinforce purpose and joy during this important final phase of life. However, families are often unprepared for the work that at-home hospice care calls for. Here at Wings of Hope, we help patients and their ...

What to Expect from Inpatient Hospice

At-home hospice care is increasingly the norm -- and, for many families, the preference -- for comfort care and symptom management. However, for some patients, inpatient hospice care may be necessary or even preferable. As you evaluate hospice care options for yourself or a loved one, understanding what to expect from inpatient hospice care will make it easier to determine whether it is the ...

Preparing Advance Directives for End of Life Care

Thinking about end of life care can be intimidating. However, medical experts recommend that adults of all ages and health levels research their medical treatment options in the event of a life-threatening injury or illness, and prepare advance directives documenting their preferred treatment decisions. For those who know they will likely face decisions about end of life care sooner rather than later, advance directives are especially ...

Debunking Misconceptions about Palliative Medicine

The subject of palliative medicine can be confusing. Many times, families who are searching for palliative care providers are already under extreme stress caused by unexpected illness in a family member. This has led to many misconceptions about what palliative medicine is and who it is right for. This explanation will help clarify what palliative medicine is and what your options for care are. ...

Questions to Ask Your Parents Before Placing Them in Elderly Care

Despite the fact that you have gotten to know your parents over the course of your entire life, there are many things they may keep private from you. However, if you hope to provide the highest quality of elderly care in their later years, you must ask a few questions to find what things are most important to them. This is especially important if ...

Finding Quality Hospice Comfort Care for Your Loved Ones

When a patient has been diagnosed with a terminal illness the next step may feel overwhelming. While many patients want to seek additional treatment or second opinions, some patients prefer to choose hospice comfort care instead. Some hospitals do offer hospice care on-site, but most often patients seek comfort care at a hospice or other outside facility.

Family Hospice Care Planning

Planning for family hospice care is much less stressful when done in advance of a medical emergency. The best place to start is by determining eligibility for hospice services based upon current income.

What is Included in Complete Hospice Care?

Hospice care can encompass a wide range of services for the patient, and will likely look different depending on the specific illnesses involved. You will want to be sure when contacting hospice care providers that your loved one will be receiving the most complete hospice care available. Here are three of the most important aspects of finding comprehensive care:

Preparing to Make End of Life Decisions

End of Life decisions are difficult for anyone to make, but you can take steps today to make them easier. If you can approach these decisions with a clear head in advance, your family is more likely to feel confident that they can help you through any healthcare crisis. Of course, you should also be sure to consult with your family members in advance so ...

Navigating Hospice Criteria for Medicare Eligibility

Currently, the vast majority of hospice patients are covered by Medicare and Medicaid. In order to qualify for hospice treatment through these programs you must meet a minimum set of hospice criteria set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. These criteria are broken up into general s and disease-specific guidelines to better determine whether or not hospice care is appropriate. ...

What is Hospice Care and Why Is It Important?

There is a lot of confusion about what hospice care is and who it is for. Many people think hospice care is only utilized when someone is near death. This false assumption is one that many in the hospice industry are working to overcome. In truth, hospice care is a specialized type of care that is patient-focused and driven by a desire to produce the ...

Advantages of In-Patient Hospice Care for Patients

There are many reasons families turn to in-patient hospice care for their loved ones. In-patient care often comes with additional peace of mind and support that at home care may not offer. For those who are concerned about their ability to care for a loved one day in and day out, in-patient care can be the best possible solution for everybody involved. ...

How Hospice Agencies Help Manage the In-Patient/Out-Patient Decision

There are a lot of decisions to be made when hospice care becomes a necessity and often very little time to weigh all the pros and cons before you choose. If you’re feeling rushed in making the decision between in-home care and a more formal in-patient facility, turn to your hospice agency for help. While in-home care and in-patient facilities both have their perks, ...

What to Consider When Assessing the Cost of Hospice Care

The cost of hospice care has been something of a mystery to the general public. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what hospice care covers, who pays for it, and whether or not it is comparable in price to other treatment options. Here are a few things you need to consider as you compare the cost of hospice care for your ...

Why Hospice Care at Home Is Becoming More Common

Now that our lifespans have been extended by medical advancements and we are growing more aware of quality of life issues as we age, hospice care at home has become far more prevalent. There are many reasons people choose to receive hospice care at home instead of in a permanent facility.

When In Patient Hospice Care is Appropriate

Although 7 out of 10 Americans wish to spend the last days of their life at home, there are circumstances when receiving hospice care away from home is inevitable. In instances of severe pain and other life-threatening symptoms, home becomes far from the perfect location to receive hospice care. This is where inpatient hospice care comes into the equation.

Why Hospice Services Deserve More Recognition

An important, yet less recognized area of the healthcare system in America is hospice service. Devoted to helping patients who are suffering from terminal illnesses and those approaching the end of their lives, hospice services don’t get the love they deserve.

4 Reasons Why Home Health Hospice Care is Popular

Not too long ago, many families felt as if they had to put their loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living facility in order to get quality healthcare. Thanks to quality home health care services provided by facilities like Wings of Hope, more people have embraced the thought of enrolling their loved ones in home health care. Instead of moving a loved ...

Cost of Hospice Care in America

Although the number of Americans using hospice care and end of life services has gone a notch higher in the recent past, there are still millions of people who are skeptical about signing up for end of life care because of the cost. What is the real cost of hospice care? Who pays for end of life care? Can I afford hospice care? These ...

Demystifying Continuous Care

When looking for the best care for your aging or ailing loved one, you will notice each facility provides different levels of care. These levels include assisted living, supported independent living, and continuous care. Understanding what the different levels of care mean will help you make the perfect choice. Many people confuse continuous care with the other levels of care. This article is dedicated ...

Understanding Palliative Care

The conversation about when to switch your loved one’s plan of care from curative to palliative treatment can be full of emotion. The news that the illness your loved one has is not curable will be devastating, but this does not mean the end of the road for your loved ones.  Many people fail to consider palliative care as an option due to the ...

3 Tips of Advanced Care Planning

Advanced care planning involves making decisions about the type of care you would like to receive if you are unable to make the decisions and communicate effectively because of a medical condition or old age. Advance care planning involves fully understanding the types of decisions that may need to be made, considering the possible decisions ahead of time, and then making your preferences clear ...

Why are Hospice Medicare Services Underutilized?

One of the main reasons many patients and families avoid hospice Medicare services is because they often deem hospice care as a sign of life coming to an end and a ‘polite’ send off by family members. Many people believe that hospice care means that they have lost the fight against the ailment they are suffering from. However, this is not the case. Under ...

Why Hospice Care?

Taking care of a terminally ill or debilitated loved one can be emotionally and physically draining. The need to take care of a relative or a friend who struggles to manage simple day to day activities is daunting and can really take a toll on the quality of life you are leading. This is why you should consider delegating the duties of watching over ...

Finding the Right Hospice at Home Care for a Loved One

When hospice care is recommended for a loved one it is always a traumatic time. Emotions can intrude on the most stoic of persons and tempers can easily.  These are stress-related reactions. In the end, there are practical, and difficult decisions that must be made. None of these decisions is more immediately important than where your loved one chooses to spend their last days. Will it ...

Pain Management Basics

Pain management encompasses more than meets the eye. For those who have never experienced chronic or severe pain, it can be hard to understand why pain management requires so much study and care. The fact is there are many different sources of pain, and pain can be expressed in the body in many different ways. When patients seek palliative care, they are placed in the ...

Pain Management and Palliative Care

For patients with serious illnesses, pain can be a debilitating and overwhelming part of any day. In fact, many patients spend the bulk of their day trying to fend off the pain they are feeling. Traditional treatment facilities often limit patient options when it comes to pain management, only treating the illness itself, but not providing relief from the pain in the mean time. That’s ...

Palliative Care for Cancer Patients

It’s no secret that cancer patients have a tough road ahead of them. Many times, the treatments can seriously deteriorate quality of life for a period of time. Patients who are faced with this struggle frequently come to palliative care facilities when they are no longer able to manage the symptoms of the illness and the side effects of the treatment on their own. ...

The Benefits of Our Hospice Family Care

Emotionally, it's incredibly difficult and challenging when a loved one is coming to the end of their life. You want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible and will receive the end-of-life care that they need. This is why it's important to consider hospice family care. Following are a few of the benefits when choosing Wings of Hope family hospice care service: ...