Monthly Archives: April 2016

Negative Misperception Prevents Patients from Benefitting from Palliative Care, Research Shows

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Pennsylvania

New research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicates that many patients associate the term “palliative care” with imminent death, which prevents them from even considering this type of care.

Lead study author and head of the division of palliative care at the University Health Network in Toronto Dr. Camilla Zimmermann commented: “Patients and caregivers in our study saw palliative care as being equated with death, loss of hope, dependency, and going into places you never get out of again.”

Indeed, in my own experience as CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice centers, I often meet people who are reluctant to take advantage of the supportive therapies that can dramatically improve their quality of live just because of the negative stigma associated with the term “palliative care.”

The fact is, however, that palliative care has nothing to do with death. On the contrary, the numerous benefits offered by palliative care through pain and other symptom management have been proven to improve the patients’ quality of live, thus increasing chances for recovery. Unlike hospice care, palliative care is recommended throughout the course of an illness, and not only at the end of life.

The recent study highlights an important problem of the common misconception that exists in the media, our healthcare system and people’s minds. To fix it, we should reconsider the way we talk about palliative care with patients. Rather than offering it as a last resort, doctors should rightly position palliative care as a way to continue combatting an illness, while also being able to maintain the highest possible quality of life.

About the Author


A resident of Philadelphia, Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
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Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.

Celebrating National Healthcare Decisions Day

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia

Last Saturday on April 16, America celebrated an important holiday. National Healthcare Decisions Day was established to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the value of advance healthcare planning for people of all ages and medical histories.

To share this critical message and help raise awareness about this key concern, I issued a press release highlighting the significance of making your healthcare wishes known to your family and loved ones, and urging doctors to discuss advance care planning with patients.

Please read my recent press release below and share it with your friends and family:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Bruce-Dalglish/Philadelphia/prweb13344392.htm

R. Bruce Dalglish Highlights the Importance of Proactive Healthcare Planning on National Healthcare Decisions Day

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, R. Bruce Dalglish, CEO of Philadelphia area headquartered Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice, today highlighted the importance of advance healthcare planning in preventing unnecessary medical expenses, and ensuring that your healthcare choices are known.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 15, 2016

Founder and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice, R. Bruce Dalglish today celebrated the National Healthcare Decisions Day and highlighted the importance of proactive planning and making your healthcare choices known to family and loved ones.

“Regardless of age and health history, it is important that all of us plan ahead and put our healthcare preferences in writing,” said R. Bruce Dalglish, CEO of Philadelphia area headquartered Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice. “We all want to stay healthy for as long as possible, and no one likes to think of situations where they might become incapacitated to make their own decisions regarding the type of healthcare they want to receive. But unexpected health crises do happen, and that is why we need to ensure that our healthcare choices are known in case of an emergency.”

R. Bruce Dalglish added: “As we celebrate the National Healthcare Decisions Day, I would like to use my platform to help raise awareness about the importance of advance healthcare planning. I would like to encourage healthcare professionals to start conversations with their patients and help educate the public about the value of advance care planning. Theses conversations can prevent unnecessary medical expenses and save families from having to guess what their loved ones would want in case of a sudden health crisis.”

Celebrated on April 16, the National Healthcare Decisions Day was established to empower and educate the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. The initiative encourages patients and families to discuss their wishes regarding healthcare and make them known to each other and their healthcare providers.

About the Author

A resident of Philadelphia, R. Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

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Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.

What You Need to Know about Hospice Care

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia, PA

Generally, hospice care is reserved for people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and have six or less months to live. At this point, patients stop undergoing aggressive therapies, and their health care shifts toward the focus on the quality of life and comfort.

Patients can receive Hospice care at home, at an assisted-living facility or a specialized hospice care center. Rather than administering curative treatment, hospice care is centered on managing pain, controlling symptoms, providing emotional support and assuring a comfortable way of life during a person’s last days. Doctors and nurses are available to hospice care patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and special grief and bereavement counseling is provided to the patients’ families.

The decision on whether to move a loved one into hospice care can be difficult and is often determined by a number of emotional, financial and practical factors. Although you need a doctor’s written approval to qualify for hospice care, it is recommended that families do their research in advance. Since different hospices may function a bit differently, it may be worth to visit several local centers and find a provider that feels right for your family.

Since 2005, Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice have been leading providers of comprehensive competent hospice care in the United States. With corporate headquarters in the Philadelphia suburb of Ambler, PA., All Caring Hospice and Alliance Hospice have conveniently located hospice centers in South Carolina, Georgia and Ohio. Both providers accept most private insurance and are licensed by Medicare and Medicaid.

To learn more about Alliance Hospice, visit: http://alliancehospice.com

To learn more about All Caring Hospice, go to: http://allcaringhospice.com

About the Author

A resident of Philadelphia, Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

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Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.

Palliative Care: Improving Patient Experience and Quality of Life

By R. Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia, PA

My name is Bruce Dalglish, and I am the CEO of the Philadelphia area-based corporate headquarters of All Caring Hospice and Alliance Hospice. In today’s blog, I would like to discuss the topic of palliative care.

Palliative care serves the most vulnerable population in our country: these are people who deal with the most complex life-threatening health issues. Palliative care is designed to focus on the patient’s specific needs during the most difficult and challenging time in his or her life. As CEO of a network of hospice centers, I regularly meet with palliative care patients and their families. What I’ve learned over the years is how important it is for patients to feel normal and have the opportunity to enjoy the simple things and experiences of life. These experiences are often the key to easing the suffering and prolonging the lives of palliative care patients.

Understanding the human needs of a patient is what differentiates good palliative care from other forms of healthcare. With this idea in mind, we opened our first All Caring and Alliance Hospice Centers. From our headquarters in greater Philadelphia, to our centers in Ohio, Georgia and South Carolina, our devoted staff strives to deliver an improved patient experience and enhanced quality of life to our patients. Connecting with our patients on a personal level and seeing them as humans with unique histories, feelings and needs is central in our approach to patient care.

From the diagnosis to the end of life, good palliative care works in synergy with what is really important to the patient, taking it one day at a time. Studies show that palliative care patients experience less pain, less depression, require fewer hospitalizations and live at least three to six months longer than patients without palliative care.
Sooner or later everyone has to face the journey to the end of their lives, but palliative care is not about dying – it’s about living. We may not be able to change the final outcome, but we do have the ability to decide how we get there.

About the Author


A resident of Philadelphia, Bruce Dalglish has served as the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Hospice and All Caring Hospice since 2005. In this role, Bruce Dalglish oversees the development and strategic direction of both companies. From 2008 – 2013, Bruce Dalglish served on the Public Policy Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
Follow R. Bruce Dalglish on Twitter, Facebook, LinkeIn and Google+.

Disclaimer: Blogs by R. Bruce Dalglish provide educational information, not medical advice. Please consult with your medical providers when making end-of-life care decisions.