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Observing the Wish to Die at Home

From: The Huffington Post
An increasing number of Americans state their preference is to spend their final moments at home rather than in a hospital. However, honoring a loved one’s end-of-life plans can be challenging. This article highlights how the VNSNY Hospice team works closely with patients and their loved ones to understand end-of-life goals and help achieve them. VNSNY’s Luis Leighton, Hospice RN, and Joel Karlin, Social Worker, share their experiences with families who, when in distress, have struggled to honor their loved one’s request to die home.
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NY1 News: Effort Aims to Reverse Hospice Care Misconception

From: NY1 News
More Americans are choosing hospice care as part of their end-of-life plans, but growth is slower among minority populations, who often aren’t aware it is an option. This NY1 News segment speaks to the need for continued hospice education within minority communities, and helps address common misconceptions. The story features a VNSNY hospice patient and describes how receiving hospice care at his home in Harlem has positively impacted him and his family. VNSNY’s Michelle Drayton, Director of Community Engagement, also shares valuable insights
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Patients Who Spend Final Days At Home Live Longer, Better Quality of Lives

From: CBS Newspath
A new study published in the journal CANCER indicates that terminally ill cancer patients who choose to die at home tend to live longer and enjoy a better quality of life than those who die in a hospital. In light of this research, CBS Newspath turned to the expertise and experience of VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care to share the story of a patient who has benefited from the care that hospice at home provides.
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Cutting-Edge Research Leads to More Targeted and Effective Home Health Care

From: The Huffington Post
The VNSNY Center for Home Care Policy and Research is devoted to the study of issues related to delivering high quality, cost-effective health services at home. Several studies are underway to understand how to optimize the effectiveness of home care for patients at high risk for rehospitalization, including those with CHF and recurrent stroke, along with research examining the impact of more personalized home care on outcomes.
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Veteran Determined to Fight Cancer with Help from We Honor Veterans Program

From: The Huffington Post
This touching article shares the story of a 48-year-old veteran of the first Gulf War and Afghanistan who is dying of cancer. Surrounded by his wife and young children, the patient is able to live his final months with dignity and grace, bolstered by the physical and emotional support provided by his VNSNY Hospice team.
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Gratitude for Dr. Oliver Sacks’ Insights at the End of Life

From: The Huffington Post
In his book,Gratitude, neurologist and writer Dr. Oliver Sacks provides profound insights from his experiences during the final months of his life. VNSNY’s Rosemary Baughn speaks with Dr. Sacks’ longtime friend and editor about his final days at home, supported by friends, family, and VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care.
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