Entries by InnerAction

Should We Wait for the Doctor to Suggest Hospice?

The truth of the matter is that many patients near the end-of-life journey often wait too long to seek hospice care as a treatment option. This may only give the patient and family a few short weeks or sometimes just days or hours to receive care, which means they did not experience the full benefit […]

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September is recognized as Blood Cancer Awareness Month to bring attention to the types of blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Blood cancers form in the bone marrow where it creates blood, or in the lymphatic system that protects us from infections. In the United States, 14,000 people have been diagnosed with some form […]

Finding Hospice Earlier Can Benefit Your Terminally Ill Loved One

“People should open their arms to hospice much sooner,” Betsy Pyle, whose husband received hospice care, said. Unfortunately, families and their loved ones wait too long before seeking out hospice options. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a greater proportion of Medicare patients were enrolled in hospice a total of seven days […]

Cancer: How WV Caring Can Help?

Cancer affects everyone differently. The battle of cancer is influenced by many factors from the patient’s environment, support system, lifestyle to their past experiences. The physical and emotional effects can be terrifying, overwhelming, and weighing for the patient and their loved ones. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the number of new […]

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Can WV Caring Help

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, neurodegenerative life-limiting disease. ALS is a disease that weakens an individual’s muscles and impacts physical function such as walking, dressing, writing, speaking and breathing.  According to the ALS Association, a little over 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS […]

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF): How Can WV Caring Help?

According to a 2017 America’s Health Rankings from the United Health Foundation report, 7.4 percent of West Virginians have coronary heart disease, which is the highest percentage in the United States.  Heart disease can put an individual at risk for heart failure, which occurs when the heart muscles can no longer pump effectively, and fluid […]

Stroke Awareness: How Can WV Caring Help?

The highest mortality among stroke patients occurs within the first 30 days. The effects of a stroke can lead to damage that is irreversible and can impact a number of functions necessary for the body to function properly. With someone suffering from a stroke every four seconds, hospice can provide support care for a stroke […]

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: How Can WV Caring Help?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Unfortunately, COPD is the third leading cause of death by disease in the United States, with West Virginia’s population leading the pack in adults diagnosed with COPD at 13.6 percent. COPD causes long-term disability because of the […]