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What is Medicare?

Medicare is a health insurance program provided by the federal government for qualifying individuals, including people age 65 and older, those with certain disabilities, and individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Some people may confuse Medicaid and Medicare programs. The primary difference is that Medicaid is a needs-based insurance program while Medicare isn’t. Your income […]

The “Things” Part of Hospice

MEDICATIONS Hospice provides medications that address symptoms related to the terminal diagnosis. All medications are prescribed by the attending physician and delivered by a courier service to the patient’s home. Medications are available to the patient 24 hours a day. The hospice nurse is responsible for ordering medications and will arrange for delivery at a […]

Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death

When diagnosed with a life=threatening illness, a person begins a new journey in life. Each journey is unique, and we all handle death in our own way. As time progresses toward a person’s death, that person will undergo some changes. The person will prepare physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Few things about death and dying […]

Exercise and Heart Failure

Unless your heart failure is severe, you will most likely be told to do some exercise. Exercise can be very helpful if you have heart failure. This may sound confusing if you have been told you have to rest a lot and not get tired. The idea is to exercise to keep the body strong, […]

Five Tips to Help Your Loved Ones Pare Down Their Belongings

As your loved ones enter their golden years, their home becomes their sanctuary. But if they’ve kept all the tokens of love over the years, their home is probably too cluttered for them to navigate safely. This can be a health hazard, both physically (tripping and falling over things) or mentally (hoarding). Here are some […]

A Word About Heart Failure

A healthy heart can pump blood to all parts of the body in a few seconds. When the heart can no longer do this, you have heart failure. Blood should be pumped out of the heart backs up in the lungs and other parts of the body. This causes symptoms of heart failure such as […]

6 Ways to Make a Home Safe and Comfortable for Seniors

Losing strength and balance can be common consequences of aging, and living with these changes is rarely easy. It is frustrating not to be able to do everything you once could; it can also be dangerous due to an increased likelihood of falls. Changes in mobility can make your own home seem like a dangerous […]

Home Health VS Hospice

WHO PROVIDES CARE – HOME HEALTH  VS HOSPICE. HOME HEALTH Home health agencies bring their services to the private homes of patients in need of skilled care related to their diagnosis, including, but not limited to, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, speech/language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. HOSPICE Most patients receive hospice services from […]

Our Hospice Philosophy

Alpha Home Health and Hospice believes that choice always exists. Excellent quality of life is always attainable — people with illness can live fully and die well. When death is accepted as a natural part of life, hope changes but does not disappear. A person faced with serious, life-limiting, or terminal illness need not stop […]

The Caregivers Role

Your role as a caregiver is very important, as another individual depends on you. If your well-being suffers, you may become unable to care for another. So, if you’ve accepted the caregiver role, you also have a special responsibility to take care of yourself.