The Handbook of Hospice Care

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As a recognized advocate of pain-relieving care and compassionate human concern for those who are reaching the end of life, Dr. Robert W. Buckingham offers this poignant, yet informative source book on the basic components of hospice care.
The Handbook of Hospice Care is a detailed look at the history of hospice, its philosophy of care, and the contemporary issues it faces. The role of each member of the hospice team is carefully explained in the hope that palliative care, based upon the needs and preferences of each patient and family, can be provided. Dr. Buckingham describes a cooperative and compassionate approach that brings meaning, dignity, and autonomy to the dying process.
"Historically, dying has been a coming-apart experience for most families, " Dr. Buckingham says. "Hospice care concentrates on making the process of dying a coming-together experience for patient and family. Hospice is not a place or an institution but a philosophy of care. ..."

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One of the founders of the hospice movement in America, Dr. Robert W. Buckingham notes that today's modern medical facilities come fully equipped with the technology and sophisticated procedures to prolong life, but often they are ill-prepared to comfort the dying and ease the grief of loved ones left behind. In his continuing efforts to advocate pain-relieving care and human concern for those who are reaching the end of life, Dr. Buckingham offers this poignant yet informative sourcebook on the basic components of hospice care. The Handbook of Hospice Care offers a firsthand look at the history and philosophy of hospice care. While palliative care and enriching the quality of life for those who suffer from terminal illnesses are uppermost to the hospice concept, practical issues must also be addressed: the cost-effectiveness of such care; the appropriateness of hospice for children and AIDS patients; how to locate appropriate care or, if need be, how to start a hospice in your community; and related topics. Hospice is a cooperative and compassionate approach that brings meaning, dignity, and autonomy to the dying process. This handbook will help the terminally ill and their families navigate emotionally charged waters to decide if hospice is the safe harbor they seek.

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Robert W. Buckingham, Dr. P.H. (Yale University School of Medicine), is an internationally recognized authority on healthcare policy and terminal care. He has authored many books, including First American Hospice, Coping with Grief, A Special Kind of Love: Care of the Dying Child, and The Complete Hospice Guide. He is Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance at Minnesota State University at Mankato, Minnesota.

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