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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

- Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Hospice Helps Patients and Families Focus on Quality of Life ..

Mesothelioma Awareness & Palliative Care

- Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive cancer that arises in the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Its only known cause is exposure to asbestos, a cancer-causing mineral that was widely used in the U.S. as an additive to construction materials. 

Most patients are diagnosed when the disease has already reached an advanced stage, because symptoms of mesothelioma often take decades to appear after the initial exposure to asbestos. 

Symptoms vary according to where in the protective lining the cancer first arises, but typically include pressure caused by fluid buildups, painful swelling and fatigue.

Palliative and Hospice care plays a very important role in the treatment of mesothelioma patients, especially those with an advanced diagnosis. It relieves the pain and discomfort caused by symptoms and allows patients to focus on living life on their own terms.

For more information on awareness, patient and caregiver support and resources, visit www.mesotheliomagroup.com. 


Moments of Life

- Monday, September 22, 2014

Few things in life are harder than thinking about serious illness or the death of someone you love. Being in pain, being alone, feeling out of control, and being a burden to others are among the things we fear most.

Hospice care helps patients and their families deal with many of the challenges they face in a life-affirming, compassionate way that brings dignity, hope, love and helps them live every day as fully as possible.

Market research confirms that Americans want the basic services that hospice provides:

• Care at home or in a home-like setting
• Treatment that preserves one’s sense of dignity and respect 
• Emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families 
• Effective pain management

Too many families don’t understand how hospice provides care and support when it’s needed most.

“Moments of Life” is a national campaign, spearheaded by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, that will dispel some of those misconceptions that keep people from taking advantage of all that hospice has to offer. Hospice Associates is proud to present "Moments of Life" over the next few weeks.  

Join us on Hospice Associates Facebook page for a monthly series of video post starting tonight at 7pm where you are sure to gain understanding and appreciation on how Hospice makes more meaningful moments possible. ..

Steps for Healing the Wounds of Grief

- Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The experience of each person’s grief is as unique as a snowflake.  There is no set timetable for bereavement and you should not feel the need to rush through your grief.   Bereavement is a journey that takes time and involves experiencing the pain of the loss, adjusting to an environment in which your loved-one is not present; and reinvesting yourself in new and continued relationships.  Some say we never stop grieving the loss of those dear to us, but we can take steps that help the ease the pain, clear the confusion, and end the isolation that often follows and help begin to heal the wounds of grief.   ..

Professional Social Work Month - March 2014

- Friday, March 07, 2014


Crescent City Classic and Hospice Associates Foundation Run for Charity Event

- Saturday, February 01, 2014
 foundation goes even further to provide for specialized needs not covered by traditional hospice care, but yet equally important for patients and caregiver support.  ..

Gov. Jindal Alters Treatment Rules for Hospice Care: Patients can now keep their personal care services and still have hospice care

- Saturday, January 18, 2014


November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month

- Sunday, November 10, 2013

Reaching out to local communities is a daily activity at the more than 5,000 hospice organizations across the country.  Every November, this activity is amplified as the nation’s hospice and palliative care community observes National Hospice Palliative Care Month. “To celebrate and affirm all that hospice does for patients and families, Hospice Associates joins NHPCO in this proclamation.


WHEREAS, hospice and palliative care empower people to live as fully as possible, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones, despite serious and life-limiting illness;


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

- Thursday, October 10, 2013

This October, Hospice Associates, is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

Women ages 50 to 74 need mammograms every 2 years. You may choose to start getting mammograms earlier or to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Did you know? Breast cancer can occur in men. Over 2,000 men are diagnosed each year. Watch this short video: http://1.usa.gov/HSlf4 

Worried about cost? Mammograms are covered for women over age 40 under the health care reform law. More information here: http://1.usa.gov/159zd67 

You can make a difference also! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved. 


Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day

- Friday, September 27, 2013

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body's internal organs, known as the mesothelium. There are three recognized types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum and pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart.

An individual may be at risk to develop mesothelioma if he or she was exposed to asbestos in the workplace or at home. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of asbestos particles. In most cases, mesothelioma symptoms will not appear in an individual exposed to asbestos until many years after the exposure has occurred. Those with a past asbestos exposure history experiencing symptoms should consult a physician with experience in accurately diagnosing mesothelioma. The earlier mesothelioma is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be caught at an early stage. At earlier stages of mesothelioma progression, more treatment options are available and oftentimes a better prognosis is given.

Read more: http://www.mesothelioma.com/#ixzz2g92jDKw5 ..

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