Living with Dementia Salisbury 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.

Coastal Hospice, Inc.
(410) 742-8732
2604 Old Ocean City Road
Salisbury, MD
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Hospice Care

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Deer's Head Hospice
(410) 543-4000
PO Box 2018
Salisbury, MD
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Hospice Care

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Coastal Hospice, Inc.
(410) 742-8732
2604 Old Ocean City Road
Salisbury, MD
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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

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Holy Cross Home Care & Hospice
(301) 754-7740
11800 Tech Road
Silver Spring, MD
Services
Nursing homes, In home, Hospice

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Coastal Hospice
(410) 742-8732
2604 Old Ocean City Rd
Salisbury, MD

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Deer's Head Hospice
(410) 543-4000
PO Box 2018
Salisbury, MD
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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

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Community Hospice of Maryland
(410) 248-3000
9940 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD
Services
Hospice Care

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Caroline Hospice Foundation
(410) 479-3500
613 S 5th Ave
Denton, MD

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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