There’s a quiet sort of stillness in the halls of 5B, the palliative care unit at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. Monitors beep softly, and machines hum reliably, soothingly. Beneath these hospital sounds floats something else: a song, unfamiliar, but calming. Crystal clear notes ebb and flow like waves easing against the shore.
Hospice/Palliative Care Articles
Palliative medicine is offered to chronically ill patients with decreased quality of life or approaching end of life. Dr. Shilpee Sinha is a palliative care physician at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, and this chronicles one of her most touching patient experiences.
S.B. is a 49 year-old male who has lung cancer with metastasis to
What could be more uncomfortable than a 28-year-old woman, asking a 95-year-old man how he prefers to handle his daily hygiene in his last days? It’s the mother of all taboos, the conversation no one wants to have.
And sometimes it’s the conversation someone is aching to have, but can’t because everyone around them is avoiding it. For social
As a social worker for Indiana University Health Hospice, Kelly Reiff helps a lot of families in vulnerable circumstances. She thought she had seen the neediest of the needy until she met the Mobashirs, a family of six that immigrated to the United States from Pakistan last summer with not much more than the clothes on their backs.
The American healthcare system is designed around a cultural expectation that medical treatment makes sick people better. It’s a system that works unless you’re someone who is nearing the end of your life due to chronic or terminal disease.
“When patients are deteriorating, and all these efforts to make them better aren’t working, they often