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A Word About Heart Failure

A healthy heart can pump blood to all parts of the body in a few seconds. When the heart can no longer do this, you have heart failure. Blood should be pumped out of the heart backs up in the lungs and other parts of the body. This causes symptoms of heart failure such as […]

Five Tips to Help Your Loved Ones Pare Down Their Belongings

As your loved ones enter their golden years, their home becomes their sanctuary. But if they’ve kept all the tokens of love over the years, their home is probably too cluttered for them to navigate safely. This can be a health hazard, both physically (tripping and falling over things) or mentally (hoarding). Here are some […]

Exercise and Heart Failure

Unless your heart failure is severe, you will most likely be told to do some exercise. Exercise can be very helpful if you have heart failure. This may sound confusing if you have been told you have to rest a lot and not get tired. The idea is to exercise to keep the body strong, […]

Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death

When diagnosed with a life=threatening illness, a person begins a new journey in life. Each journey is unique, and we all handle death in our own way. As time progresses toward a person’s death, that person will undergo some changes. The person will prepare physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Few things about death and dying […]

The “Things” Part of Hospice

MEDICATIONS Hospice provides medications that address symptoms related to the terminal diagnosis. All medications are prescribed by the attending physician and delivered by a courier service to the patient’s home. Medications are available to the patient 24 hours a day. The hospice nurse is responsible for ordering medications and will arrange for delivery at a […]

What is Medicare?

Medicare is a health insurance program provided by the federal government for qualifying individuals, including people age 65 and older, those with certain disabilities, and individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Some people may confuse Medicaid and Medicare programs. The primary difference is that Medicaid is a needs-based insurance program while Medicare isn’t. Your income […]

Hospice Levels of Care

One of the biggest misconceptions about hospice is that it is a place. Hospice is a type of care that can happen where ever the patient calls home. This includes houses, apartments, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, hotels, and more. While there is a level of care called general inpatient that happens in a […]

Levels of Care

Specialized Care Hospice of the South Plains provides high-quality care through individualized, compassionate service. At the heart of hospice care, you will find a deep appreciation and understanding of the special needs of our patients. We believe strongly in the dignity and value of the human soul. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of […]

Overview of Services: The “People” Part of Hospice

The Inter-Disciplinary Group (IDG) is composed of individuals who provide the complete spectrum of care to the patient and his/her loved ones. The team members are a community of care providers with the patient and family at its center. Hospice of the South Plains team members contribute expertise in managing physical, emotional, and spiritual symptoms […]

What is Hospice: Myths About Hospice Care

‘Hospice’ is a term that describes a specific type of symptom management care for people who will eventually die as a result of a progressive disease. In order to make informed decisions and take advantage of the personalized level of care and services that hospice offers, we can correct our misconceptions. Myth: People cannot be […]