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End of Life and Hospice Care

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In December the New England Journal of Medicine reported that for the first time since the early 20th Century, home has become the most common place of death among Americans dying of natural causes, while deaths in nursing homes and hospitals are in decline. On The Point, we talk with hospice professionals and end of life care givers about the realities of dying at home, what hospice care does and doesn’t provide, and efforts to create a community home for the living and dying in Provincetown. 

Guests: Dawn Walsh, End of Life Doula and co-founder of The Lily House, a community home for the living and dying in Provincetown.

Hannah Ewart, R.N. and certified hospice and palliative nurse, and a co-founder of The Lily House.

Ellen McCabe, Community Relations specialist for the VNA of Cape Cod Hospice and Homecare. She also worked for a number of years as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse.

Here are some links for more information on care providers in our region:

Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket

Cape Cod Heathcare Hospice Care

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard

Broad Reach Health Care

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.