Meet the People Who Care for you, on April 20 it’s National Death Doula Day, it’s meant to bring the awareness of Doulas and the incredible service they provide
I’m going to start with the medical providers, their differences and then list some articles that show up in my Twitter paper. Heart@Work news.
Palliative care is now recommended in many national guidelines as a critical component of high-quality care for serious illnesses. In 2016 the American Society of Clinical Oncology recommended that all patients with advanced cancer receive dedicated palliative care services early after diagnosis, while also receiving treatment to target the disease. Increasingly, palliative care is viewed as an essential part of ethical and compassionate medical care.
Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specially trained people. They work with you, your family and your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support that complements your ongoing care. Palliative Care manages the pain and symptoms of serious illness, and addresses the side-effects of treatment, including the mental and emotional stress it creates.
Patients receiving Palliative Care may or may not be in the terminal phase of illness. Terminal diagnosis and medical based. Know when it’s time for palliative care.
Hospice benefits covers care for your terminal illness and related conditions. Once you start getting hospice care, your hospice benefit should cover everything you need related to your terminal illness. Hospice care is for people with a life expectancy of 6 months or less (if the illness runs its normal course).
If you live longer than 6 months, you can still get hospice care, as long as the hospice medical director or other hospice doctor recertifies that you’re terminally ill.
People who may be given a diagnose of Dementia, live in and out of Hospice care. As long as the medical team can prove they are deteriorating they can remain in Hospice. They have quit eating, losing weight or unable to do anything for themselves.
Washington Post: An article about Alzheimers, Dementia and Hospice
Meet soul midwives and doulas making sure people’s last days before death are positive
Death is a certainty in life, but it can be a scary and uncomfortable time, high anxieties, to those who specialize in ensuring those last days are a positive and gentle experience. We are non-medical, offering a wide variety of services to people – I’d like to say the boots on the ground for the Hopice or Pallative care professionals.
A National Day for Death Doulas.. April 20
Who founded this day? This day was created by Doulagivers in 2019. Which you can get free training so you know how you too can care for your family members.
How should this day be celebrated or observed?
On Death Doula Day we encourage the conversation about the profession of Death Doulas. This can be done anywhere in anyway. Have fun with it! Post/tweet/market/share, have a discussion panel, show a documentary, give a training, host a Death Café – Anything to do with end of life.
This day is created to raise awareness about the profession of Death Doulas and how they can benefit patients and families at end of life. Death Doulas provide the additional support that families need in order to feel comfortable with taking care of their dying loved one at home. They are non-medical professionals that provide holistic support for the dying and their loved ones before, during, and after death.
Trained in the various end of life stages, a Doula is able to assist the family with understanding the natural processes while providing comfort and support. This is the day where all Death Doulas can rise together and be a voice for social change at end of life, ensuring everyone has he most positive passing possible.
Let’s talk about how you can best live your life from this point forward,” get to know the people and meet the people who care for you, find out and understand how they can assist you.
This is the time to consider end of life comfort care. Meet the People Who Care for you – End of Life Doulas, Palliative Care and Hospice your medical team.
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