The demand for hospice care is growing. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization states that 1,450,000 hospice patients were served in 2008, up from 1,060,000 in 2004. Another change has been the shift from hospice patients with cancer to other diseases. Today, cancer patients in hospice make up almost 39 percent, while other common diagnosis for patients admitted in 2008 include heart disease, lung disease and dementia.
At Northwest, the Seasons unit has soothing earth tones, flat-screen televisions, a communal kitchen and other amenities designed to make it feel homey. Therapy dogs, volunteers, and musicians are all used to provide comfort.
To learn more about Seasons at Northwest, call 410-601-WELL (9355).