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.

What You Need to Know about Hospice Care

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia, PA

Updated June 25, 2018

Generally, hospice care is reserved for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and have six or less months to live. At this point, patients stop undergoing aggressive therapies, and their health care shifts toward the focus on the quality of life and comfort.

Patients can receive Hospice care at home, at an assisted-living facility or a specialized hospice care center. Rather than administering curative treatment, hospice care is centered on managing pain, controlling symptoms, providing emotional support and assuring a comfortable way of life during a person’s last days. Doctors and nurses are available to hospice care patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and special grief and bereavement counseling is provided to the patients’ families.

The decision on whether to move a loved one into hospice care can be difficult and is often determined by a number of emotional, financial and practical factors. Although you need a doctor’s written approval to qualify for hospice care, it is recommended that families do their research in advance. Since different hospices may function a bit differently, it may be worth to visit several local centers and find a provider that feels right for your family.

Since 2005, Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice have been leading providers of comprehensive competent hospice care in the United States. With corporate headquarters in the Philadelphia suburb of Ambler, PA., All Caring Hospice and Alliance Hospice have conveniently located hospice centers in South Carolina, Georgia and Ohio. Both providers accept most private insurance and are licensed by Medicare and Medicaid.

To learn more about Alliance Hospice, visit: http://alliancehospice.com

To learn more about All Caring Hospice, go to: http://allcaringhospice.com

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).

Follow R. Bruce Dalglish on TwitterFacebookLinkeIn and Google+.

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.