Palliative Care

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Answers to Your Questions About Palliative Care

Palliative care—which seeks to improve quality of life for people facing serious or terminal illness—often evokes many questions. For example: Is palliative care the same as hospice? (It’s not, although that’s a common misconception.) Below, we address the top myths and questions to help you understand how palliative care could help you or your loved […]

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The Importance of Palliative Care for Parkinson’s Patients

Palliative care—which treats serious illness with a team of professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and mental health counselors—can be an effective way to help Parkinson’s patients and their families optimize their quality of life. A whole-person approach that emphasizes compassionate care, palliative care addresses the medical side of the disease

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Palliative Care Volunteers Bring Comfort to Isolated Seniors

Months after her husband died, Ruth was told to vacate the home they shared for 40 years. She was 96 years old, frail, grieving, and all alone. Seniors At Home’s Palliative Care team had cared for Ruth’s husband Eddie before he passed away, and stepped in to support Ruth with this difficult transition. Without family

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Seniors At Home brings Hollywood’s Best and the Community Together to Talk About End of Life Issues

Death is never an easy thing to talk about. But last Thursday, a sold-out crowd of over 900 people packed the Castro Theatre for End of Life: A Theatrical Exploration of Death, Dying, and Suffering—a thought-provoking performance by award-winning actors Frances McDormand and David Strathairn and a community conversation about death, suffering, and the mortality

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The Importance of ‘Being There’ for People with Serious Illness

Two Palliative Care Volunteers Share their Stories The first time Gary Stower arrived to meet with Charlie, a critically ill client of Seniors At Home, Charlie point-blank said, “So, why are you here?” Gary, who had recently completed Seniors At Home’s in-depth Palliative Care Volunteer Training Program, was initially thrown by the question. His training

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Beating the Odds with Home Care: Max’s Story

After battling disease and major surgery, Max is beating the odds and living independently at home with the help of his Seniors At Home caregiver, Patricia. Watch Max’s story to see how home care can make all the difference. Watch Max’s story: Each year, Seniors At Home’s compassionate and highly trained caregivers help thousands of people

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Why We Need to Face Our Own Mortality to Care for Others

This article was written by Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author, and Director of Palliative Care at Seniors At Home.  “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Teilhard de Chardin “Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the

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Teresa's Palliative Care Story

‘A Life-Affirming Service’—Teresa’s Palliative Care Story

Teresa*, a woman in her 60’s, was supported by Seniors At Home’s Palliative Care Team after she was diagnosed with cancer last year. Below, she shares her palliative care story of the support she received through her treatment, and of coming full circle. When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, I felt lost and overwhelmed.

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