End-of-life care


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
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
Quality of Health Care for Medicare Beneficiaries: A Chartbook--Focusing on the Elderly Living in the Community 12/17/07

This 186-page chartbook is based on a broad review of recently published studies and reports, conducted to present a coherent picture of the quality of health care for elderly Medicare beneficiaries living in the community. The results are presented in 60 charts.

The topics in this chartbook are presented as follows:

  • Summary and highlights
  • Introduction
    • Overview: Progress, gaps, and variations
    • Challenges in measuring quality for the elderly population...
Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home 12/17/07

This guide provides information for people caring for someone with AIDS at home. It is also for people with AIDS and HIV infection who are sick and need care.

This guide addresses the following topics:

  • How to get ready to take care of someone at home
  • What you need to know about HIV and AIDS
    • How HIV is spread
    • How HIV is NOT spread
  • Giving care
    • Bedsores
    • Exercises
    • Breathing
    • ...
National Cancer Institute Cancer Topics 12/17/07

This Web site offers patients and health professionals a variety of educational resources related to cancer. This site provides reliable information about cancer from the National Cancer Institute, Federal agencies, and other trusted sources. The site is updated regularly.

This site presents the following information regarding cancer:

  • Types of cancer
  • Treatment
  • Prevention, genetics, causes
  • Screening and testing
  • Coping with cancer
  • ...


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