Living with Dementia La Plata MD

Many people think of hospice care as being for the dying, and therefore not appropriate for someone who has “only” been diagnosed with dementia. However, hospice care can help greatly in the day-to-day living of a person with dementia.

Hospice of Charles County
(301) 934-1268
105 LaGrange Avenue
La Plata, MD
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Hospice Care

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Hospice of Charles County
(301) 934-1268
105 LaGrange Ave
La Plata, MD

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Children's Hospice International
(800) 242-4453
1101 King Street, Suite 360
Alexandria, VA
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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Hospice Of Charles County
(301) 934-1268
Po Box 1703
La Plata, MD
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Hospices

Calvert Hospice
(410) 535-0892
238 Merriamc Court
Prince Frederick, MD
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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Hospice of Charles County
(301) 934-1268
105 LaGrange Avenue
La Plata, MD
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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The Fairfax
(703) 799-1200
9160 Belvoir Woods Pkwy
Fort Belvoir, VA
Services
Nursing homes, Assisted Living, Independent Living, Hospice

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Children's Hospice International
(800) 242-4453
1101 King Street, Suite 360
Alexandria, VA
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Hospice Care

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Hospice of Washington County, Inc.
(301) 791-6360
747 Northern Avenue
Hagerstown, MD
Services
Nursing homes, Hospice

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Capital Hospice
(301) 572-2489
9200 Basil Court, Suite 200
Upper Marlboro, MD
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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Living with Dementia

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What is dementia? And perhaps just as importantly, what isn’t it? In the coming months, I’ll be writing a series of articles on dementia to address the concerns of caregivers and family members who have a loved one living with dementia. Many people think of hospice care as being for the dying, and therefore not appropriate for someone who has “only” been diagnosed with dementia. However, hospice care can help greatly in the day-to-day living of a person with dementia.

Dementia refers to a decline in the mental abilities of a person. It is not a diagnosis in itself. And it is not synonymous with mental illness. When we say a person has dementia, we are referring to symptoms that include memory loss, absentmindedness, confusion, the inability to think rationally, a decline in social skills, and inappropriate emotional reactions. There are many types of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form and accounts for approximately 75% of all dementias.1 Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that will ultimately become fatal; the mortality rate due to this disease is increasing faster than any other leading fatal condition. In 2004, it was the fifth leading cause of death among Americans older than 65 years of age2. There are hospice eligibility guidelines for people with different types of dementias, but few of these patients ever receive hospice services. New research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management sheds new light on...Click here to read more from Gilbert Guide