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Kelly Erola

Chief Medical Officer, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare
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Kelly Erola, MD, FAAHPM, FAAFP, is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, based in Wilmington, NC, where she has worked since 2017. Previously, she was Chief Medical Officer for Hospice Savannah, Inc. fo  

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Mar 17, 2022

Hospice Care in Nursing Homes Provides Needed Specialized Care

While many people think that hospice is a place, hospice care is actually a specialized type of care for those with a terminal or life-limiting illness that patients receive wherever they ca ...

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Feb 28, 2022

Everyone Should Know How to Prepare for the Death of a Parent

It’s often the unspeakable level of grief: preparing for the death of a parent. A parent’s death transforms every aspect of your world. Holidays such as Father’s Day or Mother&rsq ...

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Feb 14, 2022

Can You Receive Hospice Care in a Nursing Home?

While many people think that hospice is a place, hospice care is actually a specialized type of care for those with a terminal or life-limiting illness that patients receive wherever they call home &n ...

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Jan 30, 2022

Why Does Hospice Stop Feeding A Patient?

Few things are harder than watching a loved one with a life-limiting illness slip away. It becomes even more challenging when families notice that their loved one has stopped eating and drinking. B ...

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Jan 15, 2022

This Year, Resolve To Make A Plan

What would happen if you were severely injured in a car accident or suddenly had a major medical emergency and you were not able to communicate with those who were to provide your care? Who would spea ...

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Dec 20, 2021

7 Qualities To Look For In A Hospice Program

When you or someone you love is living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, it’s easy to suffer information overload, from learning about the disease to juggling doctor appointments. When i ...

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Dec 3, 2021

Hospice Care at Home – What You Should Expect

More than 90 percent of hospice patients are served where they live and are most comfortable – at home, making hospice care at home very popular. However, some people and families may be hesitan ...

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Oct 29, 2021

10 Tips To Help Cope With Grief And Isolation At The Holidays

For many the holidays are a time of joy, fellowship, and celebration. However, for people who have lost a loved one, it can be a time when emotional pain is amplified, and loneliness heightened as the ...

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Oct 12, 2021

7 Signs It May Be Time For Hospice Or Palliative Care

All of us get concerned and worried when our loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. As the disease progresses, we notice signs that specialized care, such as hospice or palliative care, may be ...

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Sep 15, 2021

Hospice Care Provides Added Benefits During COVID-19

Although getting vaccinated and limiting contact with others has helped many people reduce their potential exposure to COVID-19, for those needing heightened levels of medical care, social distancing ...

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Aug 30, 2021

Healthy Ways To Cope with Grief

With more than 650,000 deaths in the United States due to COVID-19, and numbers still growing, chances are you or someone you know has lost a loved one or friend due to the pandemic, or may in the com ...

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Aug 19, 2021

Your Complete Family Discussion Guide For Hospice Care

The diagnosis of a life-limiting illness is devastating. It creates emotions, issues and anxiety unequal to almost anything else in life. It’s all too easy to slip into the “comfort&rd ...

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Aug 2, 2021

7 QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR IN A HOSPICE CARE PROGRAM

What Is Hospice Care? Hospice is not a place, nor is it only for the elderly. Hospice provides hope, comfort and care for those who are facing a life-limiting illness.  Hospice care is appropr ...

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Jul 15, 2021

Hospice’s Personalized Care Puts Your Goals First

Each of us is unique in our own way. We have personal likes and dislikes. We all have different values, priorities, desires, fears, interpersonal relationships, spiritual beliefs, and pain thresholds. ...

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Jun 30, 2021

Veterans’ Guide To VA Hospice And Palliative Care Benefits

While all of our patients are special, we have a deep feeling of gratitude and admiration toward the men and women who have served our country. If you’re a veteran, you may not be aware of the h ...

Health Care
Jun 15, 2021

10 Important Truths About Hospice Care

There are many myths about hospice care. Often, these misconceptions keep people and their loved ones from getting the care and support they need at a time when they need it most. Being informed is th ...

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Jun 1, 2021

Be Informed – Know Your Hospice Benefit

Only 10 percent of our patients take advantage of their full Medicare hospice benefit. The Medicare hospice benefit includes ALL medical care, equipment, medications and visits related to the dia ...

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May 14, 2021

Five Useful Tools to Help Capture Your Parents’ Legacy

As Mother’s Day has recently passed and Fathers’ Day is just around the corner, we wanted to share some useful tools to capture your parents’ legacy. In fact, you may find some ideas ...

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Apr 30, 2021

Can I Get Hospice Care At Home During COVID-19?

As our country continues vaccinating against COVID-19 and some outbreaks are still occurring, you may wonder how this affects your access to hospice care in the home should you or a loved one be in ne ...

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Apr 16, 2021

What Is LifeCare?

*Attribution: Dr. Kelly Erola, MD, FAAHPM, FAAFP is Chief Medical Officer for Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Lower Cape Fear LifeCare (LCFL), formerly Lower Cape Fear Hospice, defines LifeCare as access ...

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