Publications and Links

Many publications are available by request. Some of the most popular are available here online.

Patient Education

The Safe Passage series is a collection of information on topics that are most requested by patients and families. You may view them here and we can provide a supply for you on request.

Safe Passage – Simple Facts About the Control of Pain

Safe Passage – Decisions About Artificial Foods and Fluids

Safe Passage – Restlessness at End of Life

Safe Passage – When Death Nears: Signs and Symptoms

Safe Passage – Talking to Children and Teens About Illness or Death

Safe Passage – Understanding Grief

Online Articles & Studies

A Deeper Understanding of Palliative Care, Georgetown University School of Nursing, November 14, 2017

Good Palliative Care, Bad Palliative Care: A Tale Of 2 Doctors, WBUR Boston, 

Never Only Opiods: The Imperative for Early Integration of Non-Pharmacological Approaches and Practitioners in the Treatment of Patients with Pain, Center for Practical Bioethics,  Fall 2014

NEJM, August 2010, Early palliative care for patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer

Assistance with Difficult Conversations

Cancer World, May-June 2014, Living with Cancer or Dying of Cancer?

Forbes, Common Myths of Hospice Care Debunked, February 25, 2015

The Washington Post, A Doctor Discovers an Important Question Patients Should Be Asked, March 2015

NPR, Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions, July 6, 2015

Websites

Pallimed: A Hospice & Palliative Medicine Blog pallimed.org

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine aahpm.org

Center for Practical Bioethics practicalbioethics.org

Center to Advance Palliative Care capc.org

Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association mohospice.org

Recommended Reading

Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gwande

The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living  by Ira Byock, M.D.

Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America by Bill Colby

Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan by Bill Colby

Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness by Joanne Lynn, Joan Harrold and The Center to Improve Care of the Dying

 

Our Programs

There's a long list of hospices in Kansas City, but there's only one Kansas City Hospice. Our programs provide comprehensive expert care for all ages at all stages of serious illness.

Hospice

When the focus shifts to comfort instead of treatment, care comes to your home or nursing facility with a plan tailored to your needs, including emotional and spiritual support for the whole family.

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Hospice

Palliative Home Health

When complex needs benefit from a team approach, supportive home care brings the care you need, with 24/7 nurse support for pain, stress and symptoms due to serious illness.

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Palliative Home Health

Advanced Illness Support

Beginning as early as diagnosis and at any stage of serious illness, our nurse practitioners make home visits as needed to help coordinate your care and provide expert pain and symptom management.

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Advanced Illness Support
Hospice House

Hospice House

When symptoms cannot be easily managed at home, two hospice houses provide 24/7 expert care in comfortable home-line settings where family members can be relieved of caregiving duties to focus on loved ones.

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Carousel

Carousel provides palliative and hospice care for perinatal and for babies through young adults with a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

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Carousel
Solace House

Solace House

Our center for grief and healing supports individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal with peer group support from age 3 through adult.

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