Palliative Care: Improving Patient Experience and Quality of Life

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia, PA

My name is Bruce Dalglish, and I am the CEO of the Philadelphia area-based corporate headquarters of All Caring Hospice and Alliance Hospice. In today’s blog, I would like to discuss the topic of palliative care.

Palliative care serves the most vulnerable population in our country: these are people who deal with the most complex life-threatening health issues. Palliative care is designed to focus on the patient’s specific needs during the most difficult and challenging time in his or her life. As CEO of a network of hospice centers, I regularly meet with palliative care patients and their families. What I’ve learned over the years is how important it is for patients to feel normal and have the opportunity to enjoy the simple things and experiences of life. These experiences are often the key to easing the suffering and prolonging the lives of palliative care patients.

Understanding the human needs of a patient is what differentiates good palliative care from other forms of healthcare. With this idea in mind, we opened our first All Caring and Alliance Hospice Centers. From our headquarters in greater Philadelphia, to our centers in Ohio, Georgia and South Carolina, our devoted staff strives to deliver an improved patient experience and enhanced quality of life to our patients. Connecting with our patients on a personal level and seeing them as humans with unique histories, feelings and needs is central in our approach to patient care.

From the diagnosis to the end of life, good palliative care works in synergy with what is really important to the patient, taking it one day at a time. Studies show that palliative care patients experience less pain, less depression, require fewer hospitalizations and live at least three to six months longer than patients without palliative care.
Sooner or later everyone has to face the journey to the end of their lives, but palliative care is not about dying – it’s about living. We may not be able to change the final outcome, but we do have the ability to decide how we get there.

About the Author

A resident of Philadelphia, Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
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Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.

Palliative and Hospice Care: a Look Ahead

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Updated 6/25/2018

With over 90 million Americans suffering from serious long-term or chronic illnesses, palliative and hospice care services are bound to play an ever-increasing role in the modern healthcare system.

It is projected that by year 2029, there will be more than 70 million Americans age 65 or older. As our baby boom generation continues to age, the influx of elderly patients will pose a significant challenge for our healthcare system.

Currently, traditional hospitals are not well equipped to provide quality care for those in the final stages of their life. Most hospitals lack the necessary guidelines and training to meet the unique emotional and spiritual needs of the dying.

This is why, along with expanding the existing network of palliative and hospice care centers in the coming years, more specialized training should be provided to strengthen the end-of-life care capabilities of hospitals worldwide.

The new healthcare approach will put a greater emphasis on patients’ physical, social and emotional needs, along with extended support services for their family members. The current perception and awareness about palliative and hospice care is already changing.

As we move forward, the role of dedicated palliative and hospice care centers in the overall patient care experience will continue to increase. What we do now will pave the way for the future of a more efficient, personalized and consumer-centric, healthcare.

About the Author

A resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
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Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.