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Palliative Pearls – My mom has dementia. How would hospice help?

March 2021 – Patients with dementia and their families benefit from specialized end-of-life support

Hospice care provides:

  • Goal setting with families
  • Teaching on what to expect with the decline
  • Medication simplification
  • Techniques and medication to help comfort and restlessness
  • Support for families in counseling, life review, and memory-making
  • Home visits from the hospice team: nursing, healthcare aides, social work, spiritual care, massage, music therapists, and volunteers as needed.
  • Grief support

Dementia patients are typically eligible for hospice care when they are dependent in ADLs, no longer walking or communicating effectively, and have some weight loss.

Please call us if you have questions about patient eligibility.

For more information contact Dr. Leslie Estep or Dr. Anita Meyer at Hospice of the Northwest, 360-814-5550, or  or

About Hospice of the Northwest

Hospice of the Northwest is a skilled, caring and compassionate team of nursing, medical, social and spiritual professionals, volunteers and generous donors. Together, we provide comprehensive care and comfort for patients facing serious illness and the loved ones who care for them. We’ve been serving the residents of Skagit, Island, San Juan and Snohomish Counties since 1989.

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