Do you have a “bucket list”? If so, did you know that it might be helpful to share it with your doctor?
Many people have a bucket list, which is simply a list of things they want to do before they die. Named after the phrase, “Kick the bucket”, bucket lists have become increasingly popular in the United States.
The number of Americans using hospice care continues to grow every year, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), which recently published a report providing an updated overview of hospice care in the U.S.
Recognizing that it’s often hard to know what to say or do to help someone who is grieving the death of a loved one, Reader’s Digest published a list of “9 true stories that will show you what people going through a loss really need.”
One of the benefits of hospice care is that it not only provides comprehensive care for the patient, but also supports the caregiver. To help people caring for a loved one, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has expanded its website to include practical information for caregivers.
Ever since hospice care became available in the USA in the 1970s, doctors, nurses, and other medical experts have collected data to help shed light on the many way hospice care can help patients who are facing a life-limiting illness.