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Palliative Care (INACTIVE)

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  • Needy elderly will pay the price for cuts in Medi-Cal

    Needy elderly will pay the price for cuts in Medi-Cal
    When you have a loved one approaching the end, you feel like you're walking along the edge of a cliff in the dark, but at least you've got plenty of company. I'm still sifting through hundreds of responses to my July 17 column about my dad, who took a...
  • Having to think about the unthinkable

    Having to think about the unthinkable
    "I could show you case after case," said Dr. Neil S. Wenger. "I could bet you million-to-1 odds these patients would not want to be in this situation." He was talking about patients in critical condition who are "attached to machines, being kept alive"...
  • Not ready to die, but prepared

    Not ready to die, but prepared
    The cancer that started 11 years ago has now ravaged the body of Freddie Ramos. It attacked a kidney first, then a lung, and the 57-year-old family man knows that death waits in the near distance. He's not ready to go, he says, but he's prepared....
  • Waiting in the dark with Dad

    Waiting in the dark with Dad
    In the first decade of the 1900s, a Spanish couple boarded a ship in Malaga and sailed to Hawaii to work in the sugar cane fields. They later continued to California, opened a small grocery store an hour east of San Francisco and raised six children,...
  • Open the discussion on dying

    Open the discussion on dying
    Last week, my dad was taken on a practice run from his Northern California nursing home back to his house. He'd had recent hip surgery, and the idea was that if he could master the challenge of getting in and out of the car and the wheelchair, he could...
  • Dr. William Lamers Jr. dies at 80; championed modern hospice care

    Dr. William Lamers Jr. dies at 80; championed modern hospice care
    "I'm not sick; I'm only dying," a friend told Dr. William Lamers Jr. The man had inoperable cancer and wanted to go home to die, but his doctor wouldn't let him out of the hospital. It was the early 1970s, when most people with incurable illnesses died...
  • Festival of Books: Steve Lopez, healthcare panelists on end-of-life struggles

     
    The panel, one of the last at this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, was about the uncomfortable subject of death –- and, even so, it drew a lively and clearly appreciative crowd of several hundred to a USC......
  • Patients appear to find calm, comfort from music vigils

     
    As Lele Barkhausen held her father's hand under his bed covers, a harpist sat at the foot of his bed strumming soft music into the …...
  • Monarch Hospice says it might have to close amid review, payment lag

     
    Patients of a northwest suburban hospice might have to find new end-of-life care providers as the company faces a Medicare audit that operators say could …...
  • Songs of Good Cheer essay contest entries

     
    The prompt for this year's "Songs of Good Cheer" reader contest was simple: "Write a short essay about a memorable moment involving a holiday song." My co-host for the "Songs..." concerts, Mary Schmich, writes about the results in her Wednesday......
  • What grade does Pennsylvania earn for the treatment of its sickest patients?

     
    The Center To Advance Palliative Care has released its state-by-state report card concerning the access to palliative care in the Nation's Hospitals. Overall, the country scored a B, which is an improvement from its C score in 2008. But more progress is...
  • LV HEALTH: End-of-Life Care Advocate and author brings his insight to the Valley

     
    Renowned end-of-life advocate and author, Ira Byock, M.D., will offer his insight on "The Four Things That Matter Most" Monday Oct. 3 as part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Jahna Haldeman-Foland Memorial Lecture...