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Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital

Posted Feb 16 2010 7:44am
Hospices provide qualitycompassionate care to those who are facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Howeversometimes patients need the capabilities of a hospital.

That's where the partnership between Northwest Hospital and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Maryland comes in. In February 2008Northwest Hospital became the first hospital in Maryland to open a fully dedicated inpatient hospice unit. An article on the collaboration recently appeared in ADVANCE for Nurses.

The demand for hospice care is growing. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization states that 1,450,000 hospice patients were served in 2008up from 1,060,000 in 2004. Another change has been the shift from hospice patients with cancer to other diseases. Todaycancer patients in hospice make up almost 39 percentwhile other common diagnosis for patients admitted in 2008 include heart diseaselung disease and dementia.

At Northwestthe Seasons unit has soothing earth tonesflat-screen televisionsa communal kitchen and other amenities designed to make it feel homey. Therapy dogsvolunteersand musicians are all used to provide comfort.

To learn more about Seasons at Northwestcall 410-601-WELL (9355).
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