PALLIATIVE CARE – Research on Aging

Palliative care is much more than just sedating the patient and playing soft music in the background until the patient expires. There are things that need to be done for end-of-life (EOL) care. It is suggested that EOL things like advance directives and disposition of the body be dealt with while the patient is lucid and capable of making informed decisions.

The survivors of the patient have grief and loss issues that continue long after the internment. Timing of the patient’s actual death and the time for bereavement are mostly uncertain: the timing, that is, not the event. The Medicare Hospice Benefit (MHB) is set up for death within a short time. For those of us who outlive the MFB, we still have benefits from Medicaid.

My Medicaid benefit pays for a private room and board in an Adult Foster Home and some medical services. My life as a “graduate” from hospice revolves around TV, the Internet, and my blog. I get a ride to church and shopping on Sundays. Not a bad life while the cancer is in remission.

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