End-of-life care

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Palliative Care Brochures 10/14/10

Lakeland Regional Medical Center developed three brochures that may help individuals and families facing the loss of a loved one. These brochures are available via links near the bottom of the page, under the Palliative Care Consultation Services section:

  • Surviving the Loss of a Loved One
  • Preparing for an Approaching Death
  • Perinatal Bereavement
POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) 09/10/10

POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a form that states what kind of medical treatment patients want toward the end of their lives. It is intended to help give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life care.

The POLST form and its related resources, including a brochure and videos, are available in multiple languages.

Hoag End of Life Care 02/25/09

This site provides important information and a guide about end-of-life care. While some of the services are specific to Hoag Hospital, most of the information is general enough for anyone dealing with end-of-life needs.

Visitors to the site can read about the following:

  • Comfort and care
    • Support for the end of life
    • The final stages
    • Suggestions on coping
  • The next steps
    • Things to take care of now
    • Talking to...
TriCentral Palliative Care Program Toolkit 11/12/08

The TriCentral Palliative Care (TCPC) Program Toolkit provides a step-by-step guide on how to create an innovative outpatient palliative care program within a health care institution. The toolkit provides a blueprint based on the Kaiser Permanente TCPC program. It includes guidelines for modifying the program to fit an organization’s structure and to meet the needs of patients in the local community.

Contents include:

  • Introduction to the TCPC program
  • ...
Surviving the Death of a Baby: A Brochure on the Grieving Process for Parents 03/19/08

This brochure on the grieving process for parents is a resource for learning how to deal with the loss of a baby.

OrganDonor.gov 03/19/08

This Web site provides basic information on organ donation in the United States.

The site is organized into the following sections:

  • Why donate
  • Becoming a donor
  • About donation & transplantation
  • How you can help
  • Materials & resources
National Institute on Aging: Health Information 12/17/07

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people.

This Web site includes the following:
  • Publications: Information and tips on healthy aging, care giving, medications, dietary supplements, and diseases
  • Clinical trials: Federally and privately supported clinical research with human volunteers
  • Related sites: A list of National Institutes of...
Basics in Geriatrics "Big 10" and Recommendations for Geriatric Assessment Pocket Card 12/17/07

The Emory University Reynolds Program has established the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Pocket Card to be used as a teaching module reference for providers caring for geriatric patients.

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This pocket card addresses the following topics:

  • Basics in Geriatrics “Big 10” - 10 principles that differentiate the care of older patients from other patient populations
  • Recommendations for Geriatric Assessment - a chart plotting the Big...
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and You: Patient Education Guide 12/17/07

This patient education guide provides information for people diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The information presented will help patients understand their condition in order to cope with the effects that the disease has on their body.

This patient education guide addresses the following topics:

  • What is IPF?
  • Symptoms of IPF
  • What are the causes of IPF?
  • Who gets IPF?
  • How is IPF diagnosed?
  • Treatment for IPF
    • ...
Advanced Lung Cancer: Issues to Consider--Patient Education Guide 12/17/07

This 12-page patient education guide provides information for people with advanced (stage III/IV) lung cancer.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • Quality of life
  • Managing pain
  • Managing dyspnea
  • Who will provide my health care?
  • Hospice care
  • Legal issues
  • Talking with your doctors and other caregivers
  • Organizations that can provide additional information or support

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