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Be Prepared for the What-Ifs in Life

By |2020-06-18T10:21:48-05:00June 17th, 2020|News|

In life, we plan for many important events like retirement, vacations, and our children’s education. Sadly, we are not so good at planning for the type of care we want to receive at the end of life. Planning for future medical care should you become ill is called advanced care planning. Advance Directives document the [...]

New: Virtual Community Grief Chat

By |2020-06-05T11:41:09-05:00June 5th, 2020|News|

As our current state of social distancing continues, we recognize that this is an especially difficult time for people who have lost a loved one. Some have found it helpful to engage in online meetings.  Please join Chaplain Donna Sutton for a virtual meeting in a safe environment to listen, learn and share. These meetings [...]

Hospice Responds to the Challenges of a Pandemic

By |2020-04-13T12:08:29-05:00April 13th, 2020|News|

Our world is full of unknowns, now more than ever. The coronavirus has changed every person’s life.  Fear of the unknown is nothing new for anyone who has experience with dying. At Ardent Hospice, we understand that the end of life may be a very difficult time for families, even without a worldwide pandemic and [...]

How Healthcare Workers Properly Wear an N95 Mask

By |2020-04-06T11:12:21-05:00April 6th, 2020|News|

In a recent interview with WABE in Atlanta, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, discussed the importance of face mask use in slowing down the ongoing pandemic (Goodnough & Sheikh, 2020). New data about COVID-19 displayed increasingly high rates of transmission from individuals that showed no symptoms. Those that were infected, in some cases, [...]

Writing an Obituary to Celebrate a Life

By |2020-03-26T14:51:55-05:00March 26th, 2020|News|

We know this is already a difficult time as the world grapples with the effects of the coronavirus, and when your loved one passes away, it can be painful to know you may not get to celebrate their life with a funeral or memorial service. One way to celebrate their life is to write an [...]

The Psychological Effects of Social Distancing

By |2020-03-19T09:11:18-05:00March 19th, 2020|News|

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, public health officials are advising citizens to take part in the practice of social distancing. As a result of the outbreak, religious meetings, sports events, and mass gatherings have been canceled as precautionary measures. The discipline of social distancing is the avoidance of group gatherings and close contact [...]

Who Will Speak for You When You Cannot

By |2020-02-20T11:01:58-06:00February 20th, 2020|News|

It is never too early to make some decisions for when your health is critical or you are at the end of life. Planning is important for all people regardless of age or health condition.  Planning involves writing an “advance directive,” a general term that describes your instructions about your future medical care. A Medical [...]

Hospice vs. Palliative Care?

By |2020-02-04T11:44:44-06:00February 4th, 2020|News|

Were you aware that all hospice agencies provide palliative care? According to the World Health Organization, palliative care is “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and [...]