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Tuesday, August 11, 2020  

Top 10 Resolutions for 2003Published 1/7/2003

When you made your New Years

resolutions for 2003, you probably resolved

to exercise more, to eat healthier, or to spend

more time with your family. Most likely,

your resolutions focused on improving your

quality of life. Its unlikely you thought

about making resolutions about the end of

life, but thinking about the end of life now

is vital to ensuring that you have the type

of end-of-life experience you want when

that time inevitably comes.

To get you thinking about end-of-life

care, Heartland Care Hospice suggests the

following "Top 10" resolutions for 2003.

Some of our resolutions focus on improving

your quality of life now, and others focus

on ensuring a quality end-of-life experience.

1. Plan ahead for end-of-life care by

completing an advance directive. Advance

directives outline your wishes for medical

care in case you are unable to communicate,

due to an accident or a terminal illness.

Share these wishes with your family, so they

can feel confident in making health care

decisions for you.

2. Learn more about end-of-life care

by taking the "Find Our Way" free on-line

course at This course

covers the basics of hospice and end-of-life


3. Volunteerits good for your health!

A University of Michigan study has linked

volunteering to increased life expectancy.

Consider volunteering for a hospice. You can

provide companionship for patients, assist with

special projects, or help in the office.

4. Tell someone about the Medicare

Hospice Benefit.

The majority of

Americans, 85 percent, dont know that Medicare

 will pay for hospice. 5. person to consider

Encourage a young person to consider a

career in nursing. (We can all use help with

the nursing shortage!)

6. Be a friend to someone who is

experiencing grief. The book Dont Ask for

the Dead Mans Golf Clubs offers helpful,

heartfelt suggestions for comforting a

grieving friend.

7. Remember a loved one by making

a memorial gift to a hospice program.

Hospices use memorial gifts to provide care

for those families who cant afford to pay.

8. Visit with an elder in your

community. Its estimated that there are more

than 72,000 people who have reached 100

years old. They have great stories to share.

Take the time to listen!

9. Offer your patients a consultation

on end-of-life care with a hospice. Nearly

nine out of 10 Americans endorse end-oflife

consultations for the terminally ill.

10. Heartland Care Hospice is having a

New Years resolutions contest. Fax your

2003 resolution, along with your name and

phone number, to us at 495-4424 by January

15. Well enter you in a drawing to win AMC

movie passes for two!

For those of you who take care of the

elderly or terminally ill, the New Year is also

a great time to learn how to assess a patient

for hospice care. The following is a list of

the "Top 10" reasons why a hospice referral

may be appropriate for your patient.

1. Patient has experienced a 10 percent

unintentional weight loss during the previous

six months.

2. Patient is no longer able to ambulate

without assistance.

3. Patient is no longer able to dress


4. Patient is requiring considerable

assistance with activities of daily living

(ADLs) and frequent medical care.

5. Patient has experienced frequent

hospitalizations or physicians visits for

dehydration, hypovolemia, sepsis, or pain


6. Patient is refusing aggressive or

curative treatments and requests comfort

measures only.

7. Patient and/or caregivers are

experiencing stress or difficulty managing the

disease process.

8. Patients serum albumin level is less

than 2.5 gm/dl.

9. Patient has a complex disease

process with existing co-morbidities that

affects prognosis.

10. You would not be surprised to read

the patients name in the obituary section of

the newspaper within the next six to 12


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