End of Life Care http://nhpr.org en Giving Matters: Hospice Is More Than End Of Life Care http://nhpr.org/post/giving-matters-hospice-more-end-life-care <p>Peg Kelly fought three different types of cancer over ten years. Towards the end of the decade her chemotherapy was designed more to reduce her discomfort than eradicate the cancer, because she was dying. She and her husband, Dennis, called the <a href="http://www.lakesunapeevna.org/">Lake Sunapee Region VNA &amp; Hospice</a>, who had been providing at-home service to Peg as she battled the cancer. This time when the Kellys called, they asked about the hospice service.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:30:03 +0000 Deborah Schachter 51745 at http://nhpr.org Giving Matters: Hospice Is More Than End Of Life Care Re-Examining End-Of-Life Care http://nhpr.org/post/re-examining-end-life-care <p>A recent report finds that a growing number of elderly patients outlive their hospice stay, costing Medicare millions, and raising questions about how we look at end of life care. Some say these conversations should start long before a terminal diagnosis. That they say will end up helping them live more comfortably in their final days, all while reducing the bottom line.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 43590 at http://nhpr.org Re-Examining End-Of-Life Care End Of Life Planning - Advance Directives http://nhpr.org/post/end-life-planning-advance-directives <p>Tackling the taboo on discussing death:&nbsp; in a series last week, NHPR’s health reporter Todd Bookman examined this movement to encourage end-of-life planning- from the legal concerns of living wills and health care proxies, to the emotional side of managing family dynamics around this most difficult issue.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 34286 at http://nhpr.org End Of Life Planning - Advance Directives Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives http://nhpr.org/post/planning-end-look-advance-directives <p>Advance directives—sometimes called living wills—let people decide who can make medical decisions for them and what invasive treatments should be avoided at the end of life. Many in the healthcare system say they are vital plans that ensure a patient’s voice is heard, but only 25% of Granite Staters have signed advance directives.</p><p>In this series, Health Reporter Todd Bookman looks at efforts to increase that number, gives an introduction to the form and its latest re-write. and examines the impact of not having a completed advance directive.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:06:22 +0000 Todd Bookman 34025 at http://nhpr.org Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives Planning For The End: Miraculous Recovery, Little Regret http://nhpr.org/post/planning-end-miraculous-recovery-little-regret <p>Sometimes, even thoughtful planning for the end of one's life can't foresee all the possible outcomes.</p><p>That was certainly the case for Reverend Canon Randy Dales of Wolfeboro, and his father-in-law. Canon Dales is a vocal advocate for the use of advance directives to maintain dignity in death, with his position formed by four decades of ministry and 30 years of work in a hospice he co-founded.</p><p>We continue our series on advance directives in New Hampshire with this audio postcard.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Other Stories In Our Series</strong></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:06:34 +0000 Todd Bookman 33984 at http://nhpr.org Planning For The End: When Courts Have To Make Medical Decisions http://nhpr.org/post/planning-end-when-courts-have-make-medical-decisions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, we’ve been looking at end-of-life planning in the Granite State, and some efforts to streamline and increase the use of &nbsp;advance directives--the legal documents that let people name who can make medical decisions for them and what treatments should be avoided to preserve dignity. We continue our series with this look at what can happen when there is no plan in place, forcing the medical system to turn to the legal system for answers.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:58:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 33932 at http://nhpr.org Planning For The End: When Courts Have To Make Medical Decisions Planning For The End: Talking About Death Often Stands In The Way http://nhpr.org/post/planning-end-talking-about-death-often-stands-way <p></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 33829 at http://nhpr.org Planning For The End: Talking About Death Often Stands In The Way In Plain Language: A Glossary Of Terms For End-Of-Life Planning http://nhpr.org/post/plain-language-glossary-terms-end-life-planning <p>The terms used in advance directive forms can be tough to understand and have the possibility for misinterpretation, given that their specific legal definitions can sometimes clash with common usage. Understanding the terms on the forms is vital to creating an advance directive that is properly representative of one's wishes.</p><p>As part of his series looking at the issues and changes around advance directives in New Hampshire, NHPR's health reporter Todd Bookman explains the following terms as they relate to end-of-life planning:</p><p></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:18:04 +0000 Todd Bookman & Sara Plourde 33836 at http://nhpr.org In Plain Language: A Glossary Of Terms For End-Of-Life Planning Planning For The End: New Hampshire's Advance Directive Gets An Update http://nhpr.org/post/planning-end-new-hampshires-advance-directive-gets-update <p></p><p>New Hampshire’s advance directive form got an update Monday. Governor Hassan signed a bill that seeks to streamline and simplify the document. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 33727 at http://nhpr.org Planning For The End: New Hampshire's Advance Directive Gets An Update The Cold Hard Truth About Freezing Yourself http://nhpr.org/post/cold-hard-truth-about-freezing-yourself <p>Human beings have long worked to prolong life and cheat death – but few efforts have been as ambitious, and speculatively optimistic, as the nearly fifty year-old field of cryonics. The scientific pursuit of preserving human bodies at sub-zero temperatures was once regarded with public disgust, but is now gaining new traction ­­­– in Silicon Valley. &nbsp;Our guest is <strong>Josh Dean,</strong> author of <em>Showdog, </em>and contributor to Buzzfeed, where his long-form article “<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/joshdean/are-we-warming-up-to-cryonics" target="_blank">Inside the Immortality Business</a>” was featured earlier this month.</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:20:36 +0000 Virginia Prescott 30528 at http://nhpr.org The Cold Hard Truth About Freezing Yourself Word of Mouth 01.19.2013 http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouth-01192013 <p></p><p>Our awesome-est content from a week of awesome programs. This week, robots get FDA approval to treat patients on the fly, a nurse becomes a patient to teach students how to care for the dying, we look back at the Piltdown Man hoax, and the 90's band Guster goes acoustic.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20361 at http://nhpr.org Word of Mouth 01.19.2013