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Ogren 1 Janelle Ogren Dr. Pisiak English 101 March 9, 2008 Hospice Programs Imagine you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and there is no hope for curing the disease, or all the curative treatment options have been exhausted. What is the next step? In a time that is highly stressful and emotional for both the patient and the family, hospice programs are a viable option. These programs have been around for many years, providing care and support for patients near the end of their life through a variety of services, settings, and payment options. The word “hospice” has been used for countless years and its roots mean “a place of shelter and rest for the weary or ill travelers on a long journey” (“Hospice: Historical” 1). Despite the fact the word has been used in the English language for so long, the name “hospice” only started to describe care for terminally ill patients in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders. She was responsible for founding the first hospice in London, England and her lectures were the catalyst for the development of hospice care as we know it today (“Hospice: Historical” 1). As a result of Saunders’ ideas, other doctors and health care professionals began to adopt and research hospice care. For example, in 1969 Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross wrote a book addressing the progression of the lives of patients near the end of their life. Kubler-Ross’ book “argues that patients should have a choice and the ability to participate in the decisions that affect their destiny” (“Hospice: Historical” 1). These doctors who presented their ideas in the 1960s began a movement
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Ogren 2 from the 1970s to the 1990s that fought for the legislation, support, and funding of hospice programs (“Hospice: Historical” 1-2). Hospice programs are still being reformed today and are being used by more and more patients than ever before. Hospices are care programs designed for those who are near the end of their lives.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Pisiak during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Morrisville.

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