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.

Negative Misperception Prevents Patients from Benefitting from Palliative Care, Research Shows

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Pennsylvania

New research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicates that many patients associate the term “palliative care” with imminent death, which prevents them from even considering this type of care.

Lead study author and head of the division of palliative care at the University Health Network in Toronto Dr. Camilla Zimmermann commented: “Patients and caregivers in our study saw palliative care as being equated with death, loss of hope, dependency, and going into places you never get out of again.”

Indeed, in my own experience as CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice centers, I often meet people who are reluctant to take advantage of the supportive therapies that can dramatically improve their quality of live just because of the negative stigma associated with the term “palliative care.”

The fact is, however, that palliative care has nothing to do with death. On the contrary, the numerous benefits offered by palliative care through pain and other symptom management have been proven to improve the patients’ quality of live, thus increasing chances for recovery. Unlike hospice care, palliative care is recommended throughout the course of an illness, and not only at the end of life.

The recent study highlights an important problem of the common misconception that exists in the media, our healthcare system and people’s minds. To fix it, we should reconsider the way we talk about palliative care with patients. Rather than offering it as a last resort, doctors should rightly position palliative care as a way to continue combatting an illness, while also being able to maintain the highest possible quality of life.

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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Celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Day

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia

Updated 6/25/2018

Last Saturday on April 16, America celebrated an important holiday. National Healthcare Decisions Day was established to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the value of advance healthcare planning for people of all ages and medical histories.

To share this critical message and help raise awareness about this key concern, I issued a press release highlighting the significance of making your healthcare wishes known to your family and loved ones, and urging doctors to discuss advance care planning with patients.

Please read my recent press release below and share it with your friends and family:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Bruce-Dalglish/Philadelphia/prweb13344392.htm

Bruce Dalglish Highlights the Importance of Proactive Healthcare Planning on National Healthcare Decisions Day

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, R. Bruce Dalglish, CEO of Philadelphia area headquartered Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice, today highlighted the importance of advance healthcare planning in preventing unnecessary medical expenses, and ensuring that your healthcare choices are known.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 15, 2016

Founder and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice, R. Bruce Dalglish today celebrated the National Healthcare Decisions Day and highlighted the importance of proactive planning and making your healthcare choices known to family and loved ones.

“Regardless of age and health history, it is important that all of us plan ahead and put our healthcare preferences in writing,” said R. Bruce Dalglish, CEO of Philadelphia area headquartered Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice. “We all want to stay healthy for as long as possible, and no one likes to think of situations where they might become incapacitated to make their own decisions regarding the type of healthcare they want to receive. But unexpected health crises do happen, and that is why we need to ensure that our healthcare choices are known in case of an emergency.”

Bruce Dalglish added: “As we celebrate the National Healthcare Decisions Day, I would like to use my platform to help raise awareness about the importance of advance healthcare planning. I would like to encourage healthcare professionals to start conversations with their patients and help educate the public about the value of advance care planning. Theses conversations can prevent unnecessary medical expenses and save families from having to guess what their loved ones would want in case of a sudden health crisis.”

Celebrated on April 16, the National Healthcare Decisions Day was established to empower and educate the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. The initiative encourages patients and families to discuss their wishes regarding healthcare and make them known to each other and their healthcare providers.

About the Author

A resident of Philadelphia, R. 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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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).

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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.