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Northern Israel Hospice

Northern Israel Hospice - Nancy Caroline Hospice of the Upper Galilee in Galilee panhandle of northern Israel. Founded by Nancy Caroline in 1994 as a nonprofit place to treat terminal cancer patients from their own homes.

Not quite sure what a hospice and palliative care are, well then continue to read to find out more.

Hospice care is considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people who are faced with a terminal or life-limiting illness or injury. Hospice and palliative care follow a team-oriented style of expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support which are tailored to the needs and desires of each patient. Hospice care also supports the patient's loved ones as they traverse this difficult road along with the patient. The central belief of hospice and palliative care is that each person has the right to die without pain and with dignity, with families receiving support so that they are more able to help support the patient.

It is important to understand from the beginning that hospices focus on caring for and not curing the patient. Almost all hospice care is provided within the patient's own home, although some care is provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities depending on the patient's person neccessity. Hospice services are available to all, with no discrimination towards age, race, religion, or illness.

Palliative care allows for the extension of the principles of hospice care to be available to a wider population that could benefit from receiving this sort of care at an earlier point in their illness. There are no specific therapies that are excluded from consideration. The patient's individual needs are continually reassessed and treatment options are explored and evaluated based on each individual patient. Normally, palliative care would segue into that of hospice care as the patient's illness progresses.

Typically, in hospice care, a family member serves as the primary caregiver for the patient and will, when appropriate, help make decisions for the patient. Hospice staff will make regular visits where they assess the patient and provide additional care or any other service that could help ease the patient. The staff helps develop a care plan that meets the needs of the patient for both pain management and symptom control. The staff can be reached any time of the day or night every day.

The staff normally consists of:

• the personal physician of the patient
• a hospice physician
• nurses
• home health aides
• trained volunteers

and many others that will assist the patient through his or her struggle.

Hopefully, this information will help you decide what is best for your own personal situation.

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