Living with Dementia Washington DC

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.

Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
(202) 638-2450
555 13th St NW Ste 3 E
Washington, DC

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Children's Hospice Services
(202) 939-4663
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
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Hospice Care

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Hospice Care of DC
(202) 244-8300
4401 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC
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Nursing homes, In home, Hospice

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Synergy HomeCare of Arlington/Alexandria
(703) 558-3435
2111 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
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Hospice Care, In-home Care

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Grand Oaks
(202) 349-3400
5901 Macarthur Blvd Nw
Washington, DC
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Assisted Living Facility, Hospice Care, In-home Care, Alz/Dementia Support

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Children's Hospice Services
(202) 939-4663
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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Hospice Care of DC
(202) 244-8300
4401 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC
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Hospice Care, In-home Care

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Capital Hospice
(202) 244-8300
4401 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 700
Washington, DC

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Synergy HomeCare of Arlington/Alexandria
(703) 558-3435
2111 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
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Nursing homes, In home, Hospice

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Community Hospice of Washington
(202) 362-7572
3720 Upton St NW
Washington, DC

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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