Episode 2 - Dr. Deborah Waldrop: End-of-Life Care for Our Nation's Elderly - History of Hospice Care (part 1 of 3)

Monday, September 08, 2008, 11:08:35 AM

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This is this first of three episodes in which Dr. Waldrop discusses her research on end-of-life care decision-making begun in 2007. In this episode, Dr. Waldrop explains the personal nature of studying end-of-life care and answers the questions, "What is hospice care?" and "What is its history?"

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Average Rating: 5stars  end of life care/ hospice, Wednesday, March 19, 2014

By Nicole H. :

This podcast was very informative! I do feel that addressing concerns of hospice and providing proper end of life care to residents is extremely important. In the future, I do want to work with the aging population and I know that I will eventually encounter those who are approaching the end of life. It is vital that myself and others aspiring to work with this population are aware that they are going to encounter those who are going through the process of death soon becoming there reality and it is important that we are properly able to assist them through this process. One of the interesting facts, I found in this podcast, was that hospice care was only introduced in the U.S. in 1974 and that in 1997, the Institute of Medicine, studied how to improve the care of someone at the end of life, which eventually led to there now being five levels of hospice. In the podcast, it also mentioned there are a number of hospice care locations, which includes residential, hospital, and nursing home. In addition, it is interesting that one out of three people will use hospice care of some type. In this podcast, Dr. Waldrop, helps listeners engage in critical thinking and broadens our thinking to consider different variables that relate to geriatric care.

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Average Rating: 4stars  bravo!, Friday, February 04, 2011

By Helen O'Brien Brodnick :

Finally, someone has dared to discuss this topic, and research it as well. This podcast was a wonderful introduction to Hospice and end of life care.
I have worked in Long term care for many years, and am well versed about hospice, and end of life issues. I feel, this topic is not looked at close enough in the clinical or medical world, and many times goes overlooked or avoided by these professionals. It is important for people to receive quality and dignified care at the end of their life. It is also critical that as professionals, we take note on what works for them and what doesn’t.
Professor Waldrop has done a great job in taking this sensitive issue and putting it right on the table for discussion. This podcast is a great tool for anyone who will work in the medical field, especially clinical or medical social workers. I like that Dr. Waldrop schooled her listeners about the history of hospice. I also like how she detailed the five layers of hospice care as well. In my experience, I have seen many patients and families struggle with death. It is so difficult to watch a patient or family member when death is imminent. Sometimes, it is easier for a patient or loved to avoid death and dying questions altogether. It usually avoids pain or emotional struggles for one or both parties. This is why I commend Dr Waldrop, because approaching these sensitive issues takes skill and finesse. Knowing when or if you should approach a dying patient is key. Getting information from those who are dying/ “in the moment” as Dr Waldrop says, is critical to improving future quality care for our nations terminally ill. Many times a dying persons final weeks on this earth are painful, filled with fear, anxiety, or unfinished business. Giving those who are dying the opportunity to tell their story is critical. The information they provide will help us learn, and will help others in the future.

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Average Rating: 4stars  very informational, Monday, April 05, 2010

By wendy :

This podcast is on a topic that I have little to no background, education or knowledge about. I have always associated Hospice with someone who is very close to dying (within days). I had no idea the levels of service or the types of services that they offer. Hospice has a stigma to it as does the entire subject of death and dying. People prefer to put their energies, resources and funding into areas they see will have long ranging benefits. End of life care is obviously not something that has long range benfits to an individual. What Dr. Waldrop nicely shares is that everyone will eventually be at the end of their life. It is impotant for us to remember that this is an issue that will effect a vast number of people and most likely touch most of us in some manner if not personally. Discussing quality of care and the options one has through a program such as Hospice is important. Even more important is getting people to become comfortable with the service option and have the public aware of the wonderful range of services open to the community and the family when taking care of a loved one.

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Average Rating: 5stars  hospice, Tuesday, February 09, 2010

By Jamie G :

In this podcast Professor Deborah Waldrop discusses her research in end of life care. She discusses what hospice is, and she also discusses the history of hospice. Professor Waldrop mentions the different levels of hospice that are out there and that include: homecare, hospitals, nursing homes, inpatient units, and hospice houses.

My overall impression of this podcast was that it was very informational. I didn’t really know that much about hospice prior to listening to the podcast, and I learned a lot about it. I thought it was really amazing that there are over 45,000 hospice institutions in the United States today. Professor Waldrop mentions that services that are out there aren’t being used to their fullest extent, and she made a very important comment in her podcast regarding end of life care that she always asks people in the moment what works for them and how it can be improved. I think this is a very important point because it is usually not addressed, and it’s typically over-looked. This podcast was the first out of a series of three and I look forward to listening to the others.

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Average Rating: 4stars  benefits of hospice, Tuesday, January 19, 2010

By Abigail Bloomquist :

The end of life is a dimension that can never be known until we experience it ourselves. To live life until the very end in comfort and with the right support, illustrates the quality of the society in which we live. The topic of death is something that individuals tend not to discuss with others. After watching this pod cast I realized that we must continue to research end-of life-care in order to improve the delivery of services such as Hospice. I did not know that there are 5 different levels of care for Hospice. I also was unaware that Hospice inpatient units such as the one in Cheektowaga, NY existed. Dr. Waldrop also mentioned that there has been an increase in patients that utilize Hospice on a yearly basis. Thousands of Americans have benefited from the services that Hospice provides to its recipients including my father and grandmother. Research on end of life care provides an opportunity for services to be shaped to meet the needs of society as a whole.

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