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Hospice and Palliative Care

Questions And Answers

By Virginia F. Sendor and Patrice M. O'Connor

Hardcover, 250 pp.
Published by Scarecrow Press
Publication date: July 1997
ISBN: 0810833085


This book addresses many of the most common concerns of terminally ill patients and their families. In an accessible question and answer format, the authors explain what hospice and palliative care is, describe the services offered to both patient and family (including children), discuss admission requirements, Medicare coverage, reimbursement issues, the resources available to patient and family, and how to locate these resources in the United States. Written with the patient and the patient's family in mind, this book is also a valuable resource for social workers, medical and nursing students, and health care professionals. Includes special sections on AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, Advance Directives, bereavement, the role of the physician, the role of volunteers, the concept of informed consent, and euthanasia.

Hospice and Palliative Care can be used as a quick reference or be read in its entirety for a complete picture of hospice/palliative care in the United States. The questions are actual ones, asked by patients and families, as well as by the caregivers, clergy, attorneys, and healthcare professionals seeking to help them make informed decisions during a time of trauma and crisis.

Virginia F. Sendor, MS, MPA, is the founder of the Long Island Foundation for Hospice Care and Research, Inc., a non-profit community-based organization, and completed her MPA degree in health care administration and gerontology at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus. She was recognized by the New York State Legislature "for her long and sustained commitment to the preservation and enhancement of human dignity and her outstanding leadership in the Hospice movement."

Patrice M. O'Connor, RN, MA, CNA, has been an administrator in the Hospice/palliative care field for seventeen years. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on the subject and published work on: spiritual care; administration and management of hospital-based Hospice/palliative care programs; music as a facilitator for coping; patients' last hours; and dying in the hospital setting.

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